Enrico Terrone: The aesthetic appreciation of the universe
It is controversial whether everything can be appreciated aesthetically or there is a boundary dividing aesthetic objects from those things that one cannot appreciate aesthetically. Hence, there are things that raise philosophically interesting questions about their status of aesthetic objects. The universe is one such thing. I will consider a series of skeptical objections to the possibility of the aesthetic appreciation of the universe. I will argue that one can face them provided that one commits oneself to a set of background assumptions about aesthetic appreciation.
Enrico Terrone is Professor of Aesthetics at Università di Genova (Dipartimento di Antichità, Filosofia e Storia – DAFIST). He has a degree in Electronic Engineering (Politecnico di Torino) and a PhD in Philosophy (Università di Torino). He works on philosophical issues concerning fiction and depiction and his primary area of research is philosophy of film.