Reading: Sections V and VI of Irvin, Sherri. 2008. The pervasiveness of the aesthetic in ordinary experience. British Journal of Aesthetics 48: 29-44. (You can read more of the paper if you want, but the first sections are quite challenging, and we will only discuss sections V and VI in class.)
- Can you think of some examples of the aesthetics of everyday experience?
- What does Irvin mean when she claims that it is important for self-knowledge to acknowledge the existence of everyday aesthetics?
- What does she mean by the ‘hedonic’ reason for paying attention to everyday aesthetics?
- What reasons does she give for thinking that everyday aesthetics is of moral importance?
- How can everyday aesthetics deal with the problem of sacrifice that Irvin outlines in section VI?
- Do you agree with her claims?