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aesthetics, problems of. 

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
C. JanawayC. Janaway

Aesthetics is that branch of philosophy which deals with the arts, and with other situations that involve aesthetic experience and aesthetic value. Thus only part of aesthetics is the philosophy of art. The rest, which might be termed the philosophy of the aesthetic, centres on the nature of aesthetic responses and judgements. The philosophy of art and the philosophy of the aesthetic overlap, without either being clearly subordinate to the other. Contemporary aesthetics is a rich and challenging part of philosophy, marked by a high level of disagreement even about what its basic problems are. Faced with a field of diverse subject matter, aesthetics often looks to stable reference points in its own history, as well as calling on knowledge of the various arts and a sensibility to wider philosophical issues.... ...

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