Aesthetic normativity and suitable prompting


  • Rob van Gerwen Utrecht University (Editor-in-Chief)



aesthetic normativity, aspect blindness, autism, Wittgenstein, Wollheim, philosophical aesthetics, empirical aesthetics


This Editor's column summarises some of the insights I got from Richard Wollheim over the years, and from a recent Teams-chat with students in my class. Most notably: the role of suitable prompting in aesthetic normativity. In a sense, these insights help me understand this remark from Wittgenstein: `The existence of the experimental method makes us think we have the means of solving the problems which trouble us; though problem and method pass one another by.' (Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, 232e).


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How to Cite

“Aesthetic Normativity and Suitable Prompting”. 2020. Aesthetic Investigations 4 (1): i-vii.