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The electronic version of Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics is available at: www.ceeol.com

2/2012

XLIX (New Series: V)
Issued: 25th November 2012
Biannual
Founded: 1964
Re-established as an international journal: 2008
ISSN: 0014 –1291
Language: English, German

Aesthetic Supervenience versus Aesthetic Grounding

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/327/aesthetic-supervenience-versus-aesthetic-grounding

 

The claim that having aesthetic properties supervenes on having non-aesthetic properties has been widely discussed and, in various ways, defended. In this article, I aim to demonstrate that even if it is sometimes true that a supervenience relation holds between aesthetic properties and ‘subvenient’ non-aesthetic ones, it is not the interesting relation in the neighbourhood. As we shall see, a richer, asymmetric, and irreflexive relation is required, and I shall defend the claim that the increasingly popular relation of grounding does amuch better job than supervenience.