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ARE SOME PEOPLE BETTER JUDGES OF BEAUTY THAN OTHERS?
Francisco, Alex & Matthieu
De-contextualization of RLS Real Life Situation: • Matthieu has studied/listened to classical music for more than 10 years. He finds classical music beautiful. • Francisco and Alex have not… they do not find it beautiful or interesting. • Is Matthieu a better judge of beauty (in classical music) than Francisco and Alex?
Knowledge Questions 1) Are all opinions equal when it comes to judging art? 2) It is possible that aesthetic value is at its base something universal – a fact about human beings? Or, is aesthetic value of an artwork purely a subjective matter? 3) On what basis can the merit of a work of art be judged?
• Area of Knowledge related to the knowledge questions above: The Arts • Ways of Knowing related to the knowledge questions above: sense perception, language, emotion & memory Assumptions: • If one has studied or experienced any type of art-form for a significant amount of time, they are better judges of beauty of that respective art-form than others. Definitions: • Opinions: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. • Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Conclusion Beauty is in the eye of the beholder Beauty is in the eye of the experienced beholder • The experienced beholder has invested more time, effort and interest in a certain art-form… • He/she is therefore a better judge of beauty than a less experienced person (the ‘outsider’)… for that particular art-form • Because the outsider is less experienced or specialized in that certain art-form, it is possible that they have a wider perspective… the ‘bigger picture’
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• Another real-life situation is in an art auction there are different prices on artworks, but how do those prices get decided and what gives people a more accurate ability to judge artworks