Art, Exemplars and Consensus
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This chapter explains the connection between the personal aesthetic experience of artworks and the interpersonal consensus of interpretation and evaluation of those artworks. The explanation rests on the process of exemplar representation of the artwork resulting from the special attention to what the artwork is like in aesthetic experience. Aesthetic experience creates personal meaning. Attention directed to what the experience is like converts the experience into an exemplar representation of meaning. In this process, which have called exemplarisation, a representation is formed that captures the ineffable character of experience that transcends description. There is a subjective side to the experience of visual and auditory art that reveals the ineffability of the art experience. To completely know what a work of art is like must experience it. Nelson Goodman noted that the experience of the work of art could become a symbol referring to a predicate that it instantiated. He called this exemplification.