Maarten Steenhagen: "Aesthetics and Knowledge by Acquaintance"

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Engelska parken – Eng2/1022 and Zoom (contact Irene Martinez Marin for link)
  • Organiser: Department of Philosophy
  • Contact person: Irene Martinez Marin
  • Seminarium

The Higher Seminar in Aesthetics

Maarten Steenhagen, Uppsala University: "Aesthetics and Knowledge by Acquaintance"

In 1969 Paul Hayner wrote that what has often been called aesthetic experience can be quite properly viewed as knowledge by acquaintance. But can it? In this paper I trace the early history of the concept of acquaintance, and show how from the outset it indeed closely parallels an at that time prevalent cognitivist conception of aesthetic experience. I suggest that viewing aesthetic experience as knowledge by acquaintance can help us to form a clear idea of what philosophical aesthetics is fundamentally about.