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Functional beauty, pleasure and experience

Paris, Panos ORCID: 2020. Functional beauty, pleasure and experience. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 98 (3) , pp. 516-530. 10.1080/00048402.2019.1640754

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I offer a set of sufficient conditions for beauty, drawing on Parsons and Carlson’s account of ‘functional beauty’. First, I argue that Parsons and Carlson’s account is flawed, whilst falling short of its promise of bringing comprehensiveness and unity to aesthetics. Instead, I propose, the account should be modified to state that if an object is well-formed for its function(s) and pleases competent judges in so far as it is thus experienced, then it is beautiful. I argue that my proposal offers greater informativeness, comprehensiveness and unity––accommodating, inter alia, mathematical, literary, and moral beauty––whilst surviving reflective scrutiny.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0004-8402
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 21 June 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 01:26

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