Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind by Greg CurrieAesthetics and the Sciences of Mind by Greg Currie

Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind

EditorGreg Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin

Hardcover | August 24, 2014

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Through much of the twentieth century, philosophical thinking about works of art, design, and other aesthetic products has emphasized intuitive and reflective methods, often tied to the idea that philosophy's business is primarily to analyze concepts. This "philosophy from the armchair"approach contrasts with methods used by psychologists, sociologists, evolutionary thinkers, and others who study the making and reception of the arts empirically. How far should philosophers be sensitive to the results of these studies? Is their own largely a priori method basically flawed? Aretheir views on aesthetic value, interpretation, imagination, and the emotions of art to be rethought in the light of best science? The essays in this volume seek answers to these questions, many through detailed studies of problems traditionally regarded as philosophical but where empirical inquiry seems to be shedding interesting light. No common view is looked for or found in this volume: a number of authors argue that thecurrent enthusiasm for scientific approaches to aesthetics is based on a misunderstanding of the philosophical enterprise and sometimes on misinterpretation of the science; others suggest various ways that philosophy can and should accommodate and sometimes yield to the empirical approach. Theeditors provide a substantial introduction which sets the scene historically and conceptually before summarizing the claims and arguments of the essays.
Greg Currie taught for many years in New Zealand and Australia. He now teaches at the University of York. His most recent book is Narratives and Narrators (OUP, 2010) and he is now working on a book on literary representations of mind. Matthew Kieran is Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at the University of Leeds. He is the author ...
Title:Aesthetics and the Sciences of MindFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:August 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Gregory Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin and Jon Robson: IntroductionPart I: Method1. Dominic McIver Lopes: Feckless Reason2. Sherri Irvin: Is Aesthetic Experience Possible?3. David Davies: 'This is Your Brain on Art': What Can Philosophy of Art Learn from Neuroscience?4. Fabian Dorsch: The Relevance of Empirical Findings for Aesthetic Evaluation5. Bence Nanay: Philosophy of Perception as a Guide to Aesthetics6. Christy Mag Uidhir and Cameron Buckner: Portrait of the Artist as an Aesthetic ExpertPart II: First Order Issues7. Jesse Prinz: Seeing with Feeling8. Noel Carroll: The Arts, Emotion, and Evolution9. Jonathan Weinberg: All Your Desires in One Box10. Kathleen Stock: Physiological Evidence and the Paradox of Fiction11. Stacie Friend: Believing in StoriesIndex