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Bad art and good taste
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Social Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2333-106X
2018 (English)In: Journal of Value Inquiry, ISSN 0022-5363, E-ISSN 1573-0492, Vol. 53, no 1, p. 145-154Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aesthetic value and good taste usually go hand in hand. A person with good taste is, typically, someone who appreciates things which exhibit some aesthetic quality or excellence. However, in ordinary life it is commonplace that we indulge in things which are lacking in aesthetic value. For example, we might prefer to watch Days of Our Lives rather than The Wire, or to read a bad crime novel rather than good poetry.

It is tempting to draw the conclusion that we are making a mistake, and lacking good taste, when our aesthetic attitudes do not match up against the aesthetic value of the things we prefer. However, this conclusion may be too quick. It has recently been argued by John Dyck and Matt Johnson1 that appreciating bad art—art which lack aesthetically good making features or whose bad making features clearly outweigh its good making ones—isn’t always inappropriate. In this paper I will argue that while there might be a case to be made for this claim, the problem which Dyck and Johnson identify is much more general and that their proposed solution can at best be a partial one.

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Springer Netherlands, 2018. Vol. 53, no 1, p. 145-154
Keywords [en]
aesthetic value, aesthetic appreciation, bad art
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Philosophy
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Philosophy; Aesthetics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-364637DOI: 10.1007/s10790-018-9660-yISI: 000460084100009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-364637DiVA, id: diva2:1259659
Available from: 2018-10-30 Created: 2018-10-30 Last updated: 2019-03-25Bibliographically approved

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