Research Article

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.

  • Year: 2012
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 2
  • Page/Article: 166-178
  • DOI: 10.33134/eeja.96
  • Published on 25 Nov 2012
  • Peer Reviewed