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Editors
John Hyman, The Queen's College, Oxford
Elisabeth Schellekens, Uppsala University

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Founded in 1960, the British Journal of Aesthetics is highly regarded as an international forum for debate in philosophical aesthetics and the philosophy of art …

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Cover competition

The British Journal of Aesthetics holds a competition each year open to art and design students, to design a cover for the journal.

Catarina de Aguiar Ferreira Gomes is the winner of the 2015 cover competition, view her entry here.

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How do you know if bad art is really bad

How do you know if ‘bad’ art really is bad?

Are the bad art pictures on Tumblr really bad or are they just unfamiliar? Would we come to like them more — and judge them as better — if we looked at them more? In order to answer these questions, we need to consider the 'mere exposure' effect — a psychological phenomenon whereby repeated exposure to a stimulus enhances people’s attitudes towards it.

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Perfumes, olfactory art, and philosophy

Perfumes, olfactory art, and philosophy

What could philosophy have to do with odors and perfumes? And what could odors and perfumes have to do with art? After all, many philosophers have considered smell the lowest and most animal of the senses and have viewed perfume as a trivial luxury.

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Art in the streets

Art in the streets

What is street art? It’s more socially acceptable than graffiti, but it’s also not officially sanctioned like public art, nor institutionally condoned like its more traditional artistic cousins in carefully housed in museums. Somewhere in between these extremes, street art has emerged, occupying some metaphysically suspect grey area between illegal activity and bona fide art.

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