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21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 2. Aesthetic Attitude

[distinctive frame of mind in aesthetic experience]

16 ideas
The disinterested attitude of the judge is the hallmark of a judgement of beauty [Shaftesbury, by Scruton]
Forget about beauty; just concentrate on the virtues of delicacy and discernment admired in critics [Hume, by Scruton]
The aesthetic attitude is a matter of disinterestedness [Kant, by Wollheim]
Only rational beings can experience beauty [Kant, by Scruton]
Experiencing a thing as beautiful is to experience it wrongly [Nietzsche]
Imaginative life requires no action, so new kinds of perception and values emerge in art [Fry]
Everyone reveals an aesthetic attitude, looking at something which only exists to be seen [Fry]
Aesthetic enjoyment combines pleasure with insight [Ross]
Consider: "Imagine this butterfly exactly as it is, but ugly instead of beautiful" [Wittgenstein]
Interpretation is performance for some arts, and critical for all arts [Wollheim]
A love of nature must precede a love of art [Wollheim]
The aesthetic attitude is nothing more than paying close attention [Dickie, by Giovannelli]
The pleasure taken in beauty also aims at understanding and valuing [Scruton]
Art gives us imaginary worlds which we can view impartially [Scruton]
Aesthetic experience informs the world with the values of the observer [Scruton]
Aesthetic experience involves perception, but also imagination and understanding [Davies,S]