Mohan Matthen

Mohan Matthen

University of Toronto

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Prospects for Aesthetic Hedonism

Adelaide Workshop 2017

There are reasons why we should be subjectivists about aesthetic value. The most plausible form of subjectivism holds that aesthetic value (not value as such) depends on the pleasure a work of art can elicit. But inadequate conceptions of pleasure create difficulties for this position. In this paper, I describe a kind of aesthetic pleasure that makes hedonism more plausible.