Title

Reflections on a sofa bed : functional beauty and looking fit

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Aesthetic Education

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Volume

47

Issue

2

First Page

35

Last Page

48

Abstract

This essay argues for two conclusions about functional beauty as the notion has been understood by Glenn Parsons and Allen Carlson in a recent book by the same name. First of all, it is argued that functional beauty either is not a distinct kind of beauty or that the members of this kind are not all and only instances of the property of looking fit. Second, it is argued that functional beauty is relative only to categories corresponding to essential functions. The second conclusion contradicts what Parsons and Carlson write about functional beauty, but the first conclusion does not, since they agree that looking fit is not necessary for functional beauty. However, their agreement on this point is based on reasons that can be shown to be mistaken. Moreover, contrary to what Parsons and Carlson claim, looking fit can also be shown to be insufficient for functional beauty.

DOI

10.5406/jaesteduc.47.2.0035

Print ISSN

00218510

E-ISSN

15437809

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Recommended Citation

De Clercq, R. (2013). Reflections on a sofa bed: Functional beauty and looking fit. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 47(2), 35-48. doi: 10.5406/jaesteduc.47.2.0035