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Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value

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2019.07.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Dominic McIver Lopes, Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value, Oxford University Press, 2018, 266pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198827214. Reviewed by Robert Stecker, Central Michigan University The ambitious aim of this book is to offer a completely new, if partial, account of aesthetic value. This account is meant to stand in contrast with what Dominic McIver Lopes understands to be the received view -- aesthetic hedonism -- and the central chapters argue for the superiority of the new account over it. Aesthetic hedonism, as characterized by Lopes, asserts that aesthetic value is a property of an item that stands in constitutive relation to finally valuable pleasurable experiences of subjects who correctly understand the item. (53) In simpler if less precise language, things are aesthetically valuable if they would please for their own sake under certain conditions. Pace Lopes, aesthetic hedonism provides the kernel of a complete aesthetic... Read More

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