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Sibley, Frank (1923–96)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-M053-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2002
Retrieved July 15, 2024, from

Article Summary

Sibley was an English philosopher, noted for his contributions to aesthetics. His most famous published paper, ‘Aesthetic Concepts’, distinguishes ‘aesthetic’ terms (such as graceful) from ‘non-aesthetic terms’ (such as curved) and makes the much contested claim that although aesthetic features are dependent on non-aesthetic features, a knowledge of the former cannot be deduced from a knowledge of the latter. Aesthetic knowledge comes from the perceptual exercise of taste. Subsequent published papers spell out the implications for claims about objectivity and for the nature of critical reasoning. Important posthumously published papers examine the distinction between attributive and predicative adjectives and its bearing on the understanding of responses to art and nature.

Citing this article:
Lyas, Colin. Sibley, Frank (1923–96), 2002, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-M053-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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