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Things: In Touch with the Past

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2019.09.22 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Carolyn Korsmeyer, Things: In Touch with the Past, Oxford University Press, 2019, 218pp., $49.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190904876. Reviewed by Filippo Contesi, University of Barcelona Carolyn Korsmeyer's monograph bolsters her reputation as a leading innovator in analytic aesthetics research. Like so much of her previous work, this book is beautifully written, thoughtful and thought-provoking, carefully referenced and rich in artistic examples and historical anecdotes. The book is a defence and analysis of the aesthetic value of genuineness in things. In it, Korsmeyer argues that being before the real specimen of something -- often, though not necessarily, a valuable work of art -- is capable of yielding aesthetically valuable experiences. On her account, moreover, aesthetic value in such experiences is often connected to ethical and cognitive value. Finally, these aesthetically valuable experiences are crucially mediated by the operation of the sense of touch. At least... Read More

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