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Critical Reasoning and Critical Perception

Hopkins, Robert (2006) Critical Reasoning and Critical Perception. In: Lopes, Dominic McIver and Kieran, Matthew, (eds.) Knowing Art : Essays in Aesthetics and Epistemology. Philosophical Studies Series (107). Springer , Dordrecht , pp. 137-153. ISBN 978-1-4020-5264-4

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The outcome of criticism is a perception. Does this mean that criticism cannot count as a rational process? For it to do so, it seems it would have to be possible for there to be an argument for a perception. Yet perceptions do not seem to be the right sort of item to serve as the conclusions of arguments. Is this appearance borne out? I examine why perceptions might not be able to play that role, and explore what would have to be true of critical discourse for those obstacles to be circumvented.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © The Author. This is an author produced version of a chapter published in 'Knowing Art'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Department of Philosophy (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Prof. Robert Hopkins
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2010 11:45
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 06:32
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5265-1_10
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-1-4020-5265-1_10
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10337

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