International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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On liking and enjoyment

reassessing Geiger's account of aesthetic pleasure

Íngrid Vendrell Ferran(University of Frankfurt)

pp. 207-232


This paper examines the notion of aesthetic pleasure within the framework of an aesthetics of value. The topic is introduced in sect. 1, while sect. 2 presents Moritz Geiger’s distinction between two kinds of aesthetic pleasure: liking, which enables us to grasp the aesthetic values of the artwork; and enjoyment, which is understood to be an emotional response. Sect. 3 reassesses the main tenets of Geiger’s account in the light of current research. In particular, I provide arguments in favor of Geiger’s distinction between liking and enjoyment, but I call into question the claim that liking reveals aesthetic values. In sect. 4, I suggest that liking is a form of feeling motivated by the cognition of aesthetic value and I distinguish it from both the grasping of values and emotional responses. I conclude in sect. 5 by briefly summarizing my main claims.

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Published in:

Guccinelli Roberta, Iocco Gemmo (2020) Positive feelings on the border between phenomenology, psychology and virtue ethics. Metodo 8 (2).

Pages: 207-232

DOI: 10.19079/metodo.8.2.207

Full citation:

Vendrell Ferran Íngrid (2020) „On liking and enjoyment: reassessing Geiger's account of aesthetic pleasure“. Metodo 8 (2), 207–232.