Aesthetic Injustice

Monday, 22 February, 2016 - 15:00

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I want to make a very limited claim in this paper, and base it on an old­fashioned view. The limited claim is that certain kinds of deprivation of aesthetic experience count as an injustice. The old­fashioned view this is based on is twofold: that beauty is a fundamentally valuable aesthetic property, and that paradigmatic aesthetic experiences – of which beauty is one – are disinterested and contemplative. I think that this old­fashioned view has radical political implications, however, and allows us to understand the deprivations I am interested in as unjust, and not only aesthetically unfortunate.

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