Method in Philosophical Aesthetics

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University of Nottingham


This project examines the methods used in the kind of aesthetic theorizing that developed in the English-speaking academy over the last century to see where its methods may be similarly challenged by scientific work. 

The project situates itself critically in relation both to those who see traditional aesthetics as insulated from empirical work and those who regard scientific work as undermining its humanist aspirations.

We do not begin from the assumption that traditional notions of art, beauty and aesthetic judgement are to be abandoned; we do not seek an entirely "naturalistic" aesthetics. We look instead to examine the proper boundaries and overlaps between reflective and empirical approaches to the arts.

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