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ART - Adam Andrzejewski & Marta Zaręba (University of Warsaw)

Pubblicato: Martedì 1 dicembre 2020 da Alessandro Giovanni Bertinetto

ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) Philosophical Seminar 

Prof. Adam Andrzejewski

Prof. Marta Zaręba

(University of Warsaw)


December, 9th at 4 p.m.




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Aesthetic reasons: what they are not and what they might be




‘Reasons’ as a topic of philosophical inquiry is a very well researched subject in metaphysics, philosophy of mind and action as well ethics. Yet, the problem of the nature of aesthetic reasons has received scant attention in contemporary aesthetic literature. Because of that a systematic understanding of how aesthetic reasons contribute to aesthetic judgments (which seem to be non-inferential or perceptual in nature) is still much underdeveloped. At the same time, it seems impossible to ground the normativity of aesthetic judgments in absence of a theory outlining the way in which we adduce reasons in support of our aesthetic judgments. In their article, Dammann and Schellekens offer a theory according to which aesthetic judgements acquire a normative force via cultural contexts, in which assenting to them contributes to our good as individuals and binds us to a community of people sharing the same taste.  


The aim of our paper is twofold: (1) to show that Dammann and Schellekens’ solution misses the point and (2) to formulate some general remarks on the nature of aesthetic reasons. We show that Dammann and Schellekens’ proposal offers no theory of aesthetic reasons per se: the reasons which play a grounding role in their view have external, non-aesthetic and relational nature. In consequence, even if aesthetic judgments are normative, their normativity force isn’t adequately grounded. We shall argue instead that the normativity of aesthetic judgments should be grounded internally (i.e. in aesthetic properties of the work of art), not externally (in some relations to things external to the work of art). We will also outline possible strategies for broadening and deepening the account of aesthetic reasons by enumerating the necessary requirements for being an aesthetic reason. In doing so, we shall try to remain neutral about any particular ontology of reasons. 




Adam Andrzejewski is a philosopher and Assistant Professor from the University of Warsaw (Faculty of Philosophy). His research in focused on analytic aesthetics and philosophy of art, everyday aesthetics and theory of popular culture. He published articles in. Estetika, The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics, Rivista di estetica, The Journal of Somaesthetics or Contemporary Aesthetics as well as co-authored (with M. Salwa) a monograph Law and TV Series (Brill, 2018). He is the Associate Editor of Popular Inquiry: The Journal of the Aesthetics of Kitsch, Camp and Mass Culture as well as the Treasurer of the European Society for Aesthetics.


Marta Zaręba is an Assistant Professor of philosophy at the University of Warsaw (Faculty of Philosophy). She works primarily in the philosophy of action, philosophy of mind and analytic metaphysics. In her PhD dissertation she develops and defends a deontic account of intention and an axiological conception of desire. In her current research she investigates the methods of experimental philosophy and the so-called "Epistemic side-effect effect".





ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) is a periodic philosophical seminar organized by the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and the PhD Program FINO.


Prof. Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin). 

Prof. Federico Vercellone (University of Turin). 



Dr. Paolo Furia (University of Turin). 

Dr. Lisa Giombini (University Rome 3). 

Dr. Gregorio Tenti (FINO Doctoral School). 

Dr. Alice Iacobone (FINO Doctoral School)


ART addresses different topics of the contemporary debate in Aesthetics: philosophy of beauty, philosophy of the arts, theory of sensory experience, philosophy of image and imagination, and history of aesthetics.

ART is supported by:
Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Morfologia Francesco Moiso (CIM)
Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale di Logica, Linguaggio e Cognizione (LLC)
Centro Studi Arti della Modernità

Centro Studi Filosofico-religiosi "Luigi Pareyson"
Laboratorio di Ontologia (Labont)


ART is sponsored by: 
Italian Society for Aesthetics (SIE) 
European Society for Aesthetics (ESA)


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