Beyond the Call of Beauty: Everyday Aesthetic Demands under Patriarchy

Alfred Archer, Lauren Ware

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This paper defends two claims. First, we will argue for the existence of aesthetic
demands in the realm of everyday aesthetics, and that these demands are not reducible to moral demands. Second, we will argue that we must recognise the limits of these demands in order to combat a widespread form of gendered oppression. The concept of aesthetic supererogation offers a new structural framework to understand both the pernicious nature of this oppression and what may be done to mitigate it.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-127
Number of pages14
JournalThe Monist
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • feminism
  • Aesthetics
  • aesthetic obligation
  • Supererogation


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