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Critical Thinking by Sisyphus on January 6th, 2010, 4:33 am
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Quasi-Realism - Cain Samuel Todd by Zin5ki on April 17th, 2011, 2:18 pm
Quasi-Realism, Acquaintance, and the Normative Claims of Aesthetic Judgement.
From The British Journal of Aesthetics, 44:3, 2004, pp.277-296.

Cain Samuel Todd rightly moves away from the strict normativity imposed by Kant, upon which Robert Hopkins grounded his account of quasi-realism's failiure to account for aesthetic autonomy. Because Hopkins' account amounted to little. Todd explores an option of separate origins. He rightly moves away from the strict normativity imposed by Kant, upon which Hopkins grounded his account of quasi-realism's failure to account for aesthetic autonomy. In doing so, Kant's demands that divergent judgements entails a fault amongst disagreeing parties needn't be granted (p.281).

Todd distances his project from that of standard expressivism. According to the theory Todd develops, attitudes simpliciter are not what aesthetic judgements express. Experiences instead...

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The Possibility of Aesthetic Realism – Phillip Pettit by Zin5ki on March 8th, 2011, 5:55 pm
(From Pleasure, Preference and Value).

The suggestion that aesthetic properties can be seen, in a realistic fashion, as both essentially perceptual and perceptually elusive is made in an innocuous fashion here. Pettit outlines the notion of positioning an artwork amongst a varying set of others to overcome the obstacle posed to the realist by these two criteria, and nips at the bud an immediate anti-realist objection to this claim by showing why such positionings are constrained in specific ways.

Our leanings towards a realist account of aesthetic properties, perhaps in my case restricted to the non-evaluative (but nonetheless distinctly aesthetic) ones, is well-served by Pettit’s overview.

Nevertheless, what is not presented is a refutation of anti-realism, as the essay’s title may suggest.

It is not beyond plausibility that the construction of both the positioning in which works can be perceived ‘within’ a refer...

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Chemistry Class by Nevermore on September 9th, 2012, 4:23 pm
In case you can't tell after reading this post, I don't blog. I ramble.

So one day in Chemistry class my friends and I were supposed to be working in a group to solve these problems, but about two questions in we realized that we understood nothing it was talking about. Instead, we got onto the topic of impossible objects (M.C. Escher comes to mind). My friend was looking at the picture of the waterfall and waterwheel drawing (dunno what it's actually called, but the waterfall flows up the aqueduct thingy and then falls down somehow) and trying to figure out everything that wasn't right in the picture. And then our lovely discussion turned into a talk about other dimensions, parallel universes, and attempts at drawing the shadow of a tesseract on our paper (which, keep in mind, was what we were supposed to be doing our Chemistry work on). And then we had to turn the papers in, covered with little cubes inside of cubes. I wonder what our Chemistry teacher thought of that, but he never brought...

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The Sexy Pilgrim by Sisyphus on February 2nd, 2010, 6:52 pm
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