Thought experiments in aesthetics
A Companion to Applied Philosophy
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
thought experiments, aesthetics, Pierre Menard, Borges, Goodman, Savile, Walton, imagination, artworks
In the burgeoning literature on thought experiments, examples are drawn from almost all areas of philosophy, one exception, however, being aesthetics. There are good reasons why this is so: there are very few interesting theory-oriented thought experiments in aesthetics, which is unsurprising since there are few well-developed theories to test in this field. After evaluating some aesthetic thought experiments in light of some general epistemic questions regarding thought experiments, we argue that theory-centred thought experiments are not the only kinds of thought experiments, and that the practical and productive thought experiments that are prevalent in aesthetics are also worthy of some attention.
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ISBN of the source publication: 9781118869130
Livingston, P. & Pettersson, M. (2016). Thought experiments in aesthetics. In K. Lippert-Rasmussen, K. Brownlee & D. Coady (Eds.), A Companion to Applied Philosophy (501-513). doi: 10.1002/9781118869109.ch35