SAF Lecture

Aaron Meskin (Leeds)

“Aesthetic Testimony: An Experimental Investigation”

4:00 pm, Tuesday 31st January 2017

Room G04, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh

Abstract

Ordinary testimony transmits knowledge. But aestheticians have been sceptical of whether aethetic testimony  transmits aesthetic knowledge. Although the debate in the philosophical  literature focuses largely on normative and conceptual questions,  empirical claims about folk resistance to aesthetic testimony play a significant role in that debate. Our studies explore folk attitudes towards aesthetic testimony. We argue that experimental results do not support pessimism about the epistemic value of aesthetic testimony.

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