Aesthetic Normativity: A Workshop

May 10, 2019 - May 11, 2019
Department of Philosophy, Harvard University

United States


  • American Society of Aesthetics
  • New York Institute of Philosophy

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Our goal at this workshop is to explore the different normative dimensions of the aesthetic domain.  We will discuss questions, like:

-what sort of norms, if any, does the aesthetic domain involve?  Are these norms obligations, duties, or norms of some other sort? 

-what are aesthetic norms directed toward? Toward the object? Toward oneself? Toward others?

-what is the source of aesthetic normativity? Pleasure? Morality? Cognition? Community? Culture?

-how does aesthetic normativity relate to cognitive or moral normativity?

-how should we understand the relationship between aesthetic normativity and aesthetic value?

-how should we understand the relationship between aesthetic norms and aesthetic reasons?

-what is the nature of the normativity involved in artistic creation? How, if at all, does this intersect with that of aesthetic appreciation?  

Participants include:

Caitlin Dolan (UC Berkeley), Hannah Ginsborg (UC Berkeley), Robert Hopkins (NYU), Jenny Judge (NYU), Erin Kelly (Tufts), Alex King (SUNY Buffalo), Robbie Kubala (Columbia), Errol Lord (University of Pennsylvania), Samantha Matherne (Harvard), Alva Noë (UC Berkeley), Antonia Peacocke (NYU), Nick Riggle (University of San Diego), Rebecca Rothfeld (Harvard), Francey Russell (Yale), Nico Sillins (Cornell), Brad Skow (MIT), Brian Soucek (UC Davis)

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King's College London
Nick Riggle

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University of Central Oklahoma

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