from the article of the same name
(1923-1996) was a British philosopher who worked mainly in the field of
aesthetics. He was a professor of philosophy at Lancaster University. Sibley is best know
for his 1959 paper "Aesthetic Concepts" (
, 68), and for "Seeking,
Scrutinizing and Seeing" (
, 64, 1954). Both papers (and some others) have been
anthologized, "Aesthetic Concepts" multiple times. Sibley has been considered an
important contributor to Aesthetics in the analytical tradition. His collected papers,
including some posthumous, were published by Oxford University Press in 2001 as
Approach To Aesthetics
, together with a companion volume of critical and evaluative
essays on his work.”
Wikipedia entry accessed 2/10/09
Aesthetic terms include:
unified, balanced, integrated, lifeless, serene, somber,
dynamic, powerful, vivid, delicate, moving, trite, sentimental, tragic, “telling
contrast,” “sets up a tension,” etc.
1.1. includes terms used both by laymen and professionals
Often people with normal intelligence and senses to not have the sensitivity to apply
such terms: and even intelligent people may not see that something is, for example,
2.1. Taste or sensitivity (when it is wide-ranging and refined) is somewhat rarer than
other human abilities.
2.2. Maybe this is why disputes over application of aesthetic terms often go unsettled.
2.3. Yet, almost everyone can exercise taste to some degree.
We often support our attribution of aesthetic terms by referring to other aesthetic
e.g., this is dainty because it is delicate
3.1. This is like saying someone is intelligent because inventive, etc.
3.2. Often we support attribution of the term by referring to things that do not