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Being Tied to What, and Why? On the Objective Side of (Bertram’s Notion of) Aesthetic Experience


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Among recent attempts to define aesthetic experience, the one advanced by Georg Bertram in his paper entitled Aesthetic Experience as an Aspect of Intepretive Practices seems to me very promising. I am sympathetic to it; I think it captures something essential about our aesthetic ‘commerce’ with the world, especially the art-world. In the present paper, firstly (1) I clarify the conception of aesthetic experience defended by Bertram, by pointing out its main statements and arguments. Then (2), I show how the insights it offers are consonant with other philosophers’ thought about the same topic, as well as corroborated by our first-hand experience of artworks. Finally (3), I get to the bottom of the formal/objective side of AE, whose importance, albeit recognized by Bertram, is someway obscured by other thinkers insofar as they focus on the subjective/phenomenological side, which can allow a vast range of AEs, broader – that’s what I’m going to argue – than what a relational account of AE, if rigorously interpreted, allows.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13135/2281-6658/820

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