Stockholms universitet

CLLAM: Isidora Stojanovic (Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris)


Datum: fredag 29 oktober 2021

Tid: 10.00 – 12.00

Plats: Zoom

Exploring valence in aesthetic judgments


Exploring valence in aesthetic judgments


The aim of this talk is twofold. First, I will be interested in adjectives that are neither clearly positive nor negative, such as 'intense' and 'surprising'. Such neutral adjectives can nevertheless be used in judgments of taste and in aesthetic judgments, and give rise to evaluations that can be positive or negative, depending on the context. Second, I will look at adjectives such as 'harrowing', 'disturbing', 'terrifying' and 'shocking', which have a negative valence, since they express emotions and experiences that are considered to be negative. Nevertheless, when used to assess works of art, they tend to express positive evaluations. I will explore different mechanisms, semantic and pragmatic, that allow neutral terms to acquire their valence in context, and negatively valenced terms to give expression to positive evaluations.

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