Vol. 7 No. 1 (2014): Everyday Objects

The Promise, the Challenge, of Everyday Aesthetics

Published 2014-06-16


  • Everyday Aesthetics,
  • Aesthetic Value

How to Cite

Forsey, J. (2014). The Promise, the Challenge, of Everyday Aesthetics. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 7(1), 5–21. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-14608


This paper provides a critical assessment of two diverse methodological approaches in the contemporary movement of Everyday Aesthetics.  The “weak formulation” asserts that ordinary objects are best understood on the model of fine art.  I counter this claim with a distinction between aesthetic and artistic value.  The “strong formulation” develops an ethical-existential theory of the everyday as one of belonging and familiarity which nevertheless causes us to lose what is uniquely aesthetic about our ordinary lives.  I strive to find a middle ground that contextualizes the aesthetic within human activities, concerns and judgements.


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