The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

Natural Sounds and Musical Sounds: A Dual Distinction
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2016) Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 291-302

In this article I consider the relationship between natural sounds and music. I evaluate two prominent accounts of this relationship. These accounts satisfy an important condition, the difference condition: musical sounds are different from natural sounds. However, they fail to ...

Another Darwinian Aesthetics
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2016) Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 237-252

I offer a Darwinian perspective on the existence of aesthetic interests, tastes, preferences, and productions. It is distinguished from the approaches of Denis Dutton and Geoffrey Miller, drawing instead on Richard O. Prum's notion of biotic artworlds. The relevance of ...

Varieties of Pictorial Illusion
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2016) Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 265-278

This article focuses on a potentially perplexing aspect of our interactions with pictorial representations (including film, paintings, pictures, drawings, photographs, even video games): in some cases, it seems that visual representations can play tricks on our cognitive faculties. We may ...


The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism publishes current research articles, symposia, special issues, and timely book reviews in aesthetics and the arts. The term aesthetics, in this connection, is understood to include all studies of the arts and related types of experience from a philosophic, scientific, or other theoretical standpoint. The arts are taken to include not only the traditional forms such as music, literature, landscape architecture, dance, painting, architecture, sculpture, and other visual arts, but also more recent additions such as photography, film, earthworks, performance and conceptual art, the crafts and decorative arts, contemporary digital innovations, and other cultural practices, including work and activities in the field of popular culture.

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ISSN (Print) 0021-8529
Indexed 196 articles

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