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Aesthetic Supervenience versus Aesthetic Grounding


Jiri Benovsky

Department of Philosophy, University of Fribourg, Av. de l’Europe 20, 1700 Fribourg, CH
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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.

How to Cite: Benovsky, Jiri. “Aesthetic Supervenience Versus Aesthetic Grounding”. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics 49, no. 2 (2012): 166–78. DOI:
Published on 25 Nov 2012.
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