Tales of the ineffable: Crafting concepts in aesthetic experience

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Lehrer has argued that in having an aesthetic experience of an art work we come to have ineffable knowledge of what the art object is like. This knowledge is made possible by our ability to conceptualize the art object by means of a process Lehrer calls, "exemplarization", that involves using an experience to craft a general representation of that very experience. I suggest that exemplar concepts function as vehicles of ineffable representation only if they have two features: (i) they are directly referential concepts; and (ii) they are what I call, "lucid concepts."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-162
Number of pages10
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Art
  • Concepts
  • Exemplarization
  • Ineffability
  • Knowledge
  • Reference

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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