Aesthetics is the Philosophy of Our Wordless World


  • Sue Spaid Brussels



artworks, extra-perceptual, imagination, perception, cognition, world


For too long, philosophers have tried to force our world to comport to the ‘linguistic turn,’ made famous by Richard Rorty’s 1967 anthology of the same name. And as time marches on, we seem to have even fewer tools at our disposal to carve out alternative views, even though philosophers as varied as Gilbert Ryle and Maurice Merleau-Ponty once discerned our world quite differently. Aesthetics remains the philosophical field where language need not occupy center court. For this reason, Aesthetics matters more than those Realists, who are prone to dismiss non-evidential views, might admit. 

Author Biography

Sue Spaid, Brussels

Since 1984, Belgium-based philosopher Sue Spaid, Ph. D., has been active in the artworld as a collector, curator, art writer, university lecturer, and museum director. Spaid, who writes regularly for HArt, was on the Contributors Board for artUS, where she published 65 articles between 1997 and 2010. She has organized over 100 exhibitions for artist-run spaces, galleries and museums, most notably “Green Acres: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots” (2012) and “Ecovention: Current Art to Transform Ecologies” (2002. While Executive Director at the Contemporary Museum, Spaid published A Field Guide to Patricia Johanson’s Works: Proposed, Built, Published and Collected