The Aesthetics Seminar Week 5 HT17

Aesthetics Seminar

The Death of Socrates

Speaker: Alison Hills (University of Oxford)

Title: Aesthetic testimony, understanding and virtue

Abstract: Much of what we learn about the world comes from testimony. But in certain domains, including aesthetics, trusting testimony seems problematic; there is, at least, a puzzle about its status. I argue for an explanation of the puzzle in terms of the importance of understanding and of virtue. This requires sketching appropriate conceptions of aesthetic understanding and aesthetic virtue. I draw some conclusions about the similarities (and differences) between ethics and aesthetics.

Organising department: Faculty of Philosophy

Convenors: James Grant (University of Oxford)Yuuki Ohta (University of Oxford)

Part of: The Aesthetics Seminar