Dreariness of aesthetics (continued), with a remedy

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Humanities
Department Philosophy
Creator Battin, Margaret P.
Title Dreariness of aesthetics (continued), with a remedy
Date 1986
Description In 1951, J. A. Passmore shamelessly titled an essay "The Dreariness of Aesthetics." Drawing on John Wisdom's earlier complaints, he denounced aesthetics' dullness, its pretentiousness, and the fact that it was "peculiarly unilluminating." What Passmore had in mind were the vapid abstractions and metaphysical hyperbole involved in "saying nothing in the most pretentious possible way"; he thought aesthetics wasn't in touch enough with the real world of the specific, different arts. He was right. But while in the intervening years aesthetics has changed course and this complaint has largely been heeded, Passmore's uncompromising title can still provoke a ripple of embarrassment among aestheticians who suspect that the accusation might be true.
Type Text
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Volume 20
Issue 4
First Page 11
Last Page 14
Subject Aesthetics; Aestheticians; Art; Beauty
Subject LCSH Aesthetics
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Battin, M. P. (1986). Dreariness of aesthetics (continued), with a remedy. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 20(4), 11-4.
Rights Management (c) University of Illinois Press. From Journal of Aesthetic Education. Copyright 1986 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Used with permission of the University of Illinois Press. No part of this article may be reproduced, photocopied, posted elsewhere or distributed through any means without the permission of the University of Illinois Press
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