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Philosophical Perspectives on Art$
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Stephen Davies

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199202423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199202423.001.0001

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Aesthetic Judgments, Artworks, and Functional Beauty

Aesthetic Judgments, Artworks, and Functional Beauty

(p.84) 6 Aesthetic Judgments, Artworks, and Functional Beauty
Philosophical Perspectives on Art

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This chapter provides an analysis of the role played by consideration of an item's functions when it is judged aesthetically. The account applies also to artworks, some of which serve extrinsic functions and others of which have the function of being contemplated for their own sake alone. It is argued that aesthetic judgments do not fit the Kantian model either of judgments of free beauty or of dependent beauty, given how these two came to be described in the early 20th century.

Keywords:   functional beauty, Kantian model, free beauty, artworks

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