Aesthetic hedonism and its critics

  title={Aesthetic hedonism and its critics},
  author={Servaas van der Berg},
  journal={Philosophy Compass},
This essay surveys the main objections to aesthetic hedonism, the view that aesthetic value is reducible to the value of aesthetic pleasure or experience. Hedonism is the dominant view of aesthetic value, but a spate of recent criticisms has drawn its accuracy into question. I introduce some distinctions crucial to the criticisms, before using the bulk of the essay to identify and review six major lines of argument that hedonism’s critics have employed against it. Whether or not these arguments… 
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