Research Article

Remapping the realm of Aesthetics: On recent Controversies about the Aesthetic and Aesthetic Experience in Everyday Life



This article addresses two controversial open questions in philosophical aesthetics: the nature and value of the aesthetic and of aesthetic experience when approached from the standpoint of ‘aesthetics of everyday life’ (AEL). Contrasting ‘strong’ AEL accounts that consider them radically different from those in the sphere of art, I claim that extending the realm and scope of aesthetics towards everyday life does not necessarily dispense with the concepts of the aesthetic and aesthetic experience as shaped in relation to the arts. Drawing on ‘weak’ formulations of AEL and on theories that call attention to concepts of art different from modern ones, I defend a normative but open model of the aesthetic and aesthetic experience pertaining to both art and everyday life. This more integrative theoretical framework needs to include clear and consistent views of the aesthetic as well as of the self, intersubjectivity, and everyday life.
  • Year: 2013
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 3-26
  • DOI: 10.33134/eeja.100
  • Published on 15 May 2013
  • Peer Reviewed