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Abstract

The dominant view about the nature of aesthetic value holds it to be response-dependent. We believe that the dominance of this view owes largely to some combination of the following prevalent beliefs:

  • 1
    The belief that challenges brought against response-dependent accounts in other areas of philosophy are less challenging when applied to response-dependent accounts of aesthetic value.
  • 2
    The belief that aesthetic value is instrumental and that response-dependence about aesthetic value alone accommodates this purported fact.
  • 3
    The belief that response-dependence about aesthetic value alone accommodates the widely acknowledged anthropocentricity of aesthetic value.
  • 4
    The belief that response-dependence about aesthetic value alone accommodates aesthetic normativity.

We argue that each of these beliefs is false, and that the dominance of response-dependent accounts of aesthetic value is therefore largely without foundation.