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Philosophical Works as Objects of Aesthetic Judgment

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This paper draws attention to the fact that works of philosophy are often judged by aesthetic criteria. This raises the question of whether philosophical writings may properly be regarded as suitable objects of aesthetic judgement in a strong sense; namely, that judging their worth qua works of philosophy is an aesthetic endeavour. The paper argues in the affirmative with the aid of a Kantian account of aesthetic judgement. Judging a work of philosophy by the means chosen may be regarded as subjecting it to criticism by criteria established within a philosophical aesthetic.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9329.00048

Affiliations: Lincoln College, Oxford, OX1 3DR

Publication date: April 1, 1998

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