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To complete this assignment, you need to have read chapter12, on the principles of aesthetic value. you should also complete the SoftChalk lesson on Aesthetic Reasoning before attempting this assignment.
The goal of this assignment is to demonstrate that you can use aesthetic principles in your own reasoning, and to look at an object in a new, perhaps more open-minded, way. Ideally you should learn something about what you value, and gain some insight into how others might perceive the world a bit differently.
You must submit your responses to the assignment below in an essay format.
Your essay should be a minimum of 1000 words, not including your "Works Cited" section at the end of your essay.
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First, find an object THAT YOU HAVE PHYSICALLY ENCOUNTERED (do not use things from online) that you do not normally consider art, or even aesthetically valuable. You may have encountered this item in a normal daily setting, or in a museum, art store, or other venue.
This will help:
Pasted below is a portion of the book's website's outline devoted to aesthetic reasoning in chapter 12, which I have edited an amended to help you better understand the concepts in the chapter that are related to Homework Assignment 2.
We use aesthetic reasoning to defend or criticize judgments about art, usually with one of the following eight aesthetic principles (but remember that you are not allowed to use the 8th principle on the homework assignment).
Aesthetic reasoning employs one or more of those eight principles in the attempt to produce reliable grounds for an aesthetic judgment.
Aesthetic principles may not have the foundation that moral or legal principles do, but they contribute to aesthetic experience.
FUNCTIONALIST PRINCIPLES (ART HAS A FUNCTION, MEANING THAT ART'S VALUE LIES IN ITS BEING PERCEIVED BY AN AUDIENCE)
Principle # 1: Objects are aesthetically valuable if they have a meaning or teach something true.
This principle identifies value in art with its ability to fulfill cultural or social functions.
This view typically finds a teaching in art that non-art cannot provide.
For example: "This soap opera makes you think about what you'd do in this situation, without having to live through it."
Principle # 2:Objects are aesthetically valuable if they express the values of the cultures they arise in or the artists who make them.
This principle also identifies value with art's ability to fulfill cultural or social functions.
Note that you don't have to believe what the object says or even believe that it has given an argument for the values it represents.
"The Iliad makes a warrior's values vivid."
Principle # 3:Objects are aesthetically valuable if they can lead to social change.
This is the third principle that identifies value with art's ability to fulfill cultural or social functions.
In this case, you need to believe that the social change is an improvement.
"The Jungle led to reform of meat-packing laws."
Principle # 4:Objects are aesthetically valuable if they give their audience pleasure.
This principle connects aesthetic value to a thing's ability to produce a type of psychological experience.
We can put this a little more broadly by saying that the art object contributes to our happiness.
"Four Weddings and a Funeral brings pure delight."