Desire and Aesthetic Pleasure

Australasian Philosophical Review 1 (1):95-99 (2017)
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ABSTRACTMohan Matthen's ‘The Pleasure of Art’ considers a rich variety of psychological phenomena surrounding our experience of pleasure in aesthetic appreciation. I explain many of these phenomena in terms of desire. Often my explanations support and complement Matthen's account; but sometimes I account for the same phenomena in terms of different causal structures than he invokes, seeking a more unified psychological theory.

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Neil Sinhababu
National University of Singapore


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