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Re: aesthetic evaluation (was: RE: (OT) Music

From:JS Bangs <jaspax@...>
Date:Thursday, June 13, 2002, 21:08
Andy Canivet sikyal:

> > > a set of aesthetic principles, just as we may not agree on moral > > > principles, it's still better to attempt to formulate and justify > > > aesthetics and morals, instead of simply acquiescing to "anything > >goes." > > > IMHO. > > > > > > > >How does one justify moral or aesthetic principles other than with > >respect to a set of moral or aesthetic principles? > > I think ultimately the only justification for moral or aesthetic principles > would have to be on A) the basis of emotion (esp. compassion and empathy in > the case of morality), and B) the argument that moral and aesthetic > principles are good for social harmony and therefore survival, but then > survival is only justifiably good for emotional / substantive reasons as > well. But if it all defaults to emotion then I guess you're right, the > notion of justification seems pretty ridiculous in any objective sense. > Erk...
Eh? The most popular justification for moral principles is, and long has been, appeal to an outside, absolute standard. Standards are usually set down by [gG]od(s?), but need not be--the Platonic Forms are non-personal, as is the Tao, but both can be used as moral principles. It is only a short leap to propose that aesthetic principles may be similarly derived. I am aggressively agnostic about the existence of such *aesthetic* principles, though. Jesse S. Bangs "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." --G.K. Chesterton