Conclusion: Representation and True Belief


G. E. Moore noted in Principia Ethica in 1903 that the aesthetic appreciation of a representation of a natural object depends on a true belief that the object represented continues to exist in good condition.

When we look at a representation, we think of the original and draw pleasure from our appreciation of its beauty and interest.

If we then learn that the original has been badly damaged or destroyed, that pleasure turns to sorrow.

The wish that the object of our aesthetic experience exist in good condition leads naturally to preservationist concern.

Photograph of Paradise Room, Carroll Cave, Missouri