Those Who Deny the Existence of Common Aesthetic Judgments

Those Who Deny the Existence of Common Aesthetic Judgments

June 29, 2021 Off By Felso

(Subjectivist View)

A work of art derives its value from the emotions and experiences it evokes in people. Otherwise, it is not a quality that it carries on its own. The object cannot be beautiful by itself. Everyone’s lives are different. Therefore, there can be no common aesthetic judgments. Its representative is B. Croce (1866-1952).

Croce: According to him, every artist receives his own sensations and impressions, expresses them in his own unique way by synthesizing them in his soul. Each expression is a unique aesthetic experience that the artist lives in his own soul. Every person’s life is different. These experiences are for once. It can never be lived again. Therefore, aesthetic judgments are subjective and we cannot form common aesthetic judgments.

Compiled by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Atatürk University Department of Sociology Lecture Notes for Year 1 “Introduction to Philosophy” and Year 3 “History of Contemporary Philosophy” (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook