Article first published online: 8 AUG 2005
Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume
Volume 79, Issue 1, pages 191–210, July 2005
How to Cite
Matravers, D. and Levinson, J. (2005), I—Derek Matravers. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 79: 191–210. doi: 10.1111/j.0309-7013.2005.00132.x
- Issue published online: 8 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 8 AUG 2005
ABSTRACT Jerrold Levinson maintains that he is a realist about aesthetic properties. This paper considers his positive arguments for such a view. An argument from Roger Scruton, that aesthetic realism would entail the absurd claim that many aesthetic predicates were ambiguous, is also considered and it is argued that Levinson is in no worse position with respect to this argument than anyone else. However, Levinson cannot account for the phenomenon of aesthetic autonomy: namely, that we cannot be put in a position to make an aesthetic judgement by testimony alone. Finally, Levinson's views on the ontology of aesthetic properties are considered and found wanting.