Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Color Analogy
Wednesday, 19 May 2021, 17:00-19:00 BST
The color analogy casts value properties as secondary qualities of some kind. This paper looks at how tight the analogy with color and value is and what obstacles a response-dependence theory of aesthetic value faces. Though response-dependence may seem far more plausible in aesthetics than in ethics, many of the canonical problems for such a view in ethics extend straightforwardly to aesthetics. I go on to highlight two classes of aesthetic value properties that make response-dependence less plausible in aesthetics than in ethics. Showing this requires thinking a bit more carefully about different varieties of response-dependence. I close by suggesting how defenders of response-dependence might hang onto their view.