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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 04:43:03 -0500


Carla asks if I think aesthetic experiences always involve judgments that
something is beautiful. I do not. Sometimes 'interesting' or 'intense' or
'vivid' is a more appropriate term. But one of the things I worry about is
sentimentality. Often (again not always) when our responses are
sentimental we pay very little attention to the objects involved and think
about other things. In my view, an experience is aesthetic only when one
attends to intrinsic properties of an object or even considered worthy of
perception and reflection in a given culture or community. If you're
interested, I wrote a paper on sentimentality: "Laughing at the Death of
Little Nell: Sentimental Art and Sentimental People," American
Philosophical Quarterly, 1990, pp. 269-282. Marcia