[Wittrs] Wittgenstein's Aesthetics Has Broad Application

  • From: Sean Wilson <whoooo26505@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:12:19 -0700 (PDT)

... It just occurred to me that Wittgenstein on Aesthetics is not really about 
"aesthetics" per se. It's actually Wittgenstein on "judgment." And it seems to 
me that it is closely related to Wittgenstein's "seeing as" and "imponderable 
evidence" (e.g., knowing the intuitions and feelings of others). In other 
words, what I am trying to say is that anyone who reads his lectures on 
Aesthetics as being about art is misunderstanding them. The lectures are more 
broadly about a kind of COGNITION that routinely goes on in our lives for 
certain subjects and context. We might call it the learning of a "refined 
judgment," or the development of "exquisite taste" -- but it is related to all 
sorts of judgments we make in life, such as understanding our children 
(imponderable evidence).

One wants to say, Aesthetics is about a particular kind of brain task present 
in the appreciation of art, but not at all limited to that domain.

In fact, those who see the remarks on aesthetics as being on a desert island of 
some sort are really missing the boat.    
Yours inspired today,

Dr. Sean Wilson, Esq.
Assistant Professor
Wright State University
Personal Website: http://seanwilson.org
SSRN papers: http://ssrn.com/author=596860
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