The London Aesthetics Forum

The London Aesthetics Forum
19 May 2021, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Online seminar

Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Color Analogy

Alex King (Simon Fraser)

The color analogy casts value properties as secondary qualities of some kind. This paper looks at how tight the analogy with color and value is and what obstacles a response-dependence theory of aesthetic value faces. Though response-dependence may seem far more plausible in aesthetics than in ethics, many of the canonical problems for such a view in ethics extend straightforwardly to aesthetics. I go on to highlight two classes of aesthetic value properties that make response-dependence less plausible in aesthetics than in ethics. Showing this requires thinking a bit more carefully about different varieties of response-dependence. I close by suggesting how defenders of response-dependence might hang onto their view.

This seminar will be held online using Zoom. Please book using the button below. once your booking is complete you will be emailed a link to join the seminar at the stated start time. 

The London Aesthetics Forum (LAF) is a Forum of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. With lectures on topics in aesthetics and philosophy of art, LAF aims to stimulate philosophical reflection on art. Our events are free and open to all.

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