Philosophical Studies

, Volume 132, Issue 3, pp 553–563 | Cite as

A Note on the Aesthetics of Mirror Reversal

  • Rafael De Clercq


According to Roy Sorensen [Philosophical Studies 100 (2000) 175–191] an object cannot differ aesthetically from its mirror image. On his view, mirror-reversing an object – changing its left/right orientation – cannot bring about any aesthetic change. However, in arguing for this thesis Sorensen assumes that aesthetic properties supervene on intrinsic properties alone. This is a highly controversial assumption and nothing is offered in its support. Moreover, a plausible weakening of the assumption does not improve the argument. Finally, Sorensen’s second argument is shown to be formally flawed. As a result, the case for the aesthetic irrelevancy of orientation seems still open.

Key words

aesthetic properties enantiomorphism incongruent counterparts mirror reversal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael De Clercq
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  1. 1.Katholieke Universiteit LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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