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    Essays in Literary Aesthetics
    British Journal of Aesthetics 60 (2): 229-231. 2020.
    Essays in Literary Aesthetics Ranjan K. Ghosh Springer. 2018. pp. XIII + 82. £49.99
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    Novels in the Everyday: An Aesthetic Investigation
    Estetika 56 (2): 206-222. 2019.
    Everyday aestheticians have had relatively little to say about literature. Inspired by Peter Kivy’s philosophy of literature as laid out in his books The Performance of Reading and Once-Told Tales, I examine reading literature as a part of everyday life. I argue that not only do Kivy’s views help explain the value that avid readers place on their daily silent engagement with a book, but that his philosophy of literature also shows how literary works can have an aesthetic presence in our everyday…Read more
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    There’s A Nice Knockdown Argument For You: Donald Davidson And Modest Intentionalism
    Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 3 (1): 15-24. 2006.
    It might come as a surprise for someone who has only a superficial knowledge of Donald Davidson’s philosophy that he has claimed literary language to be ‘a prime test of the adequacy of any view on the nature of language’.1 The claim, however, captures well the transformation that has happened in Davidson’s thinking on language since he began in the 1960’s to develop a truth-conditional semantic theory for natural languages in the lines of Alfred Tarski’s semantic conception of truth. About twen…Read more
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    Structure Disclosed. Replete Moments and Aesthetic Experience in Reading Novels
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 27 (4): 544-561. 2019.
    ABSTRACTDespite the huge interest in different philosophical questions surrounding literature, particularly analytic philosophers have had relatively little to say about literature’s specifically a...
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    Playing The Game After The End Of Art: Comments For Hans Maes
    Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 2 (1): 12-19. 2005.
    In his philosophy of art history, Arthur C. Danto claims that in the 1960 ́s the master narrative of art had come to an end, and that we had reached the end of art. This conception has been widely considered, but also misunderstood. Hans Maes has recently discussed Danto's conception of the end of art in his article, where he clears some misconceptions about the thesis, but at the same time challenges Danto's analysis of contemporary art.
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    On Habits and Functions in Everyday Aesthetics
    Contemporary Aesthetics 16 (1). 2018.
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    The Aesthetics of Conversation: Dewey and Davidson
    Contemporary Aesthetics 15 (1). 2017.
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    Adorno’s Philosophy of New Music: A Thing of the Past?
    Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology 5 (1): 67-78. 2018.
    Theodor W. Adorno is a gigantic figure in musical aesthetics, and many still consider his views relevant, not only for analyzing the modernist music he was inspired by and that he inspired himself, but also for more contemporary developments in classical music. John Adams is arguably the foremost contemporary composer who has tried to break away from the modernist musical language that was still very much dominant when he began his career as a composer, and he has been very outspoken about his a…Read more
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    Sarah E. Worth, In Defence of Reading. Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 38 (1): 42-44. 2018.
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    The Aesthetic Pulse of the Everyday: Defending Dewey
    Contemporary Aesthetics 13. 2015.
    In the relatively fragmented field of everyday aesthetics, some issues have gradually become the subject of increasingly heated debate. One of the primary disputes concerns aesthetic experience and how that concept should be understood. This article defends the view that the conception of aesthetic experience developed by John Dewey offers a much more promising foundation for a theory on the aesthetics of everyday life than some scholars have believed.
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    Musical Quotations and Shostakovich’s Secret: A Response to Kivy
    British Journal of Aesthetics 57 (1): 37-50. 2017.
    Peter Kivy has argued that scholars of the music of Dimitri Shostakovich are misguided when they make interpretations that attribute complex extra-musical content to works of his that bear no indications of such content, such as a title or an explicitly announced programme. Upon Kivy’s account, such works should rather be approached in terms of absolute music. In this paper, I show some decisive weaknesses in this critique. Drawing on the relevant philosophical literature, I examine Shostakovich…Read more
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    Public Art and Dewey's Democratic Experience: The Case of John Adams's On the Transmigration of Souls
    Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (4): 371-381. 2016.
    The aesthetic and political sides of public art have recently been examined from different theoretical vantage points. Pragmatist accounts, however, have been largely absent from the discussion. This article develops a theory of public art on some central ideas of John Dewey's aesthetics and social philosophy. From a pragmatist perspective, the best cases of public art turn out to have high social significance, for they are means of promoting the sense of community, which Dewey saw as foundation…Read more
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    Elisabeth Schellekens, Aesthetics and Morality
    Nordic Journal of Aesthetics 23 (42). 2012.
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    Many philosophers have devoted a lot of attention to the work of Richard Wagner. This article provides philosophical accounts of two important aspects of Wagner’s most ambitious work, the tetralogy Ring of the Nibelung. First, I examine how the musical device developed by Wagner known as the leitmotif functions in Act 1 of the second opera of Wagner’s Ring, Die Walküre, through the analysis of leitmotifs presented by Roger Scruton. I shall focus particularly on the perspective that the use of th…Read more
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    Pragmatist Cultural Naturalism: Dewey and Rorty
    The European Legacy 19 (2): 229-239. 2014.
    In this essay I discuss the relationship between naturalism and culture by drawing on the aesthetic notions of two leading pragmatists, John Dewey and Richard Rorty. Rorty’s view of the cultural significance of metaphor, which is based on Donald Davidson’s theory of metaphor, centers on the distinction between a naturalistic and an idealistic view of the cognitive value of metaphor. I then discuss the development from idealism to naturalism in Dewey’s view of the imagination and the parallels th…Read more
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    Naturalism and Metaphors. Towards a Rortian Pragmatist Aesthetics
    European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 3 (1): 163-175. 2011.
    This paper outlines a pragmatist aesthetic theory on the basis of themes relating to naturalism, metaphor, and solidarity found in Richard Rorty’s neopragmatism. A cen-tral part of this attempt is to show that some previous readings of Rorty’s work in aesthet-ics are misguided. I begin by raising aspects of Rorty’s work that have been previously largely overlooked in aesthetics and philosophy of art, and which I believe undermine particularly Richard Shusterman’s critical reading of Rorty. I sha…Read more
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    Relativism and Intentionalism in Interpretation: Davidson, Hermeneutics, and Pragmatism applies a rich philosophical perspective to questions central to the interpretation of art. Puolakka uses discussions of the relativity of interpretations to demonstrate that the pluralistic attitude towards art that characterizes pragmatism and hermeneutics can be combined with a view stressing the role of authorial intentions. Academics concerned with the philosophy of art and aesthetics will find unique an…Read more
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    This article considers the validity and strength of Richard Rorty’s pragmatist theory of interpretation in the light of two ethical issues related to literature and interpretation. Rorty’s theory is rejected on two grounds. First, it is argued that his unrestrained account of interpretation is incompatible with the distinctive moral concerns that have been seen to restrict the scope and nature of valid approaches to artworks. The second part of the paper claims that there is no indispensable rel…Read more
  • Embodying Pragmatism. Richard Shusterman’s Philosophy and Literary Theory (review)
    European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2 (2): 233-239. 2010.