• Speaker: Nick Riggle
  • Commentator: Irene Martínez Marín

The familiar peculiarities of aesthetic communication—especially acquaintance, testimony, and disagreement—strongly suggest that some form of expressivism is true. I argue that a new hybrid theory of aesthetic communication is superior to expressivism. On this view the illocutionary force of aesthetic claims is a hybrid of a report and an invitation to appreciate. I present the view and show how it handles acquaintance, testimony, and disagreement, while noting contrasts with some more promising forms of expressivism.


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