Nick Riggle: "Aesthetic Judgments as Invitations"

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Nick Riggle, University of San Diego: "Aesthetic Judgments as Invitations"

Aesthetic claims have prima facie imperatival force. Claims like “That is beautiful” are typically interchangeable with claims like “Look at the beauty of that”. But what is the force of this apparent imperative? Among the limited options a few stand out: demand, recommendation, request, and invitation. By looking at the social dynamics of aesthetic judgment, I argue that the invitation reading is best. I distinguish between ‘pure' and ‘advisory' invitations and develop the view that the illocutionary force of aesthetic claims is typically a hybrid of a report and a pure invitation.