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2010

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Prof. DE CLERCQ Rafael

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Reflections On A Sofa-Bed : Functional Beauty And Looking Fit, Rafael De Clercq Jan 2010

Reflections On A Sofa-Bed : Functional Beauty And Looking Fit, Rafael De Clercq

Prof. DE CLERCQ Rafael

This paper argues for two conclusions about functional beauty, as this notion has been understood by Parsons and Carlson in a recent book by the same name. First of all, it is argued that functional beauty either is not a distinct kind of beauty or that the members of this kind are not all and only instances of the property of looking fit. Second, it is argued that functional beauty is relative only to categories corresponding to essential functions. The second conclusion contradicts what Parsons and Carlson write about functional beauty, but the first conclusion does not, since they agree ...