This chapter treats Reid’s claim that beauty consists in expression of mental excellence. It reconstructs his two major arguments for this claim: an inductive survey of objects actually found beautiful and an argument that only in this way can one satisfy the demands of aesthetic realism, the grounds for which are also discussed. It argues further that Reid’s expressivism (like his realism itself) also attempts to capture the phenomenology of experiences of beauty: as of a value beyond ourselves, which leads us to investigate the object further or to aspire to attain that value ourselves.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Thomas Reid on Mind, Knowledge, and Value|
|Editors||Rebecca Copenhaver, Todd Buras|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||22|
|State||Published - 2015|