The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology by Elisabeth SchellekensThe Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology by Elisabeth Schellekens

The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology

EditorElisabeth Schellekens, Peter Goldie

Paperback | July 7, 2014

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The Aesthetic Mind breaks new ground in bringing together empirical sciences and philosophy to enhance our understanding of aesthetics and the experience of art. An eminent international team of experts presents new research in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and social anthropology:they explore the roles of emotion, imagination, empathy, and beauty in this realm of human experience, ranging over visual and literary art, music, and dance. Among the questions discussed are: Why do we engage with things aesthetically and why do we create art? Does art or aesthetic experience have a function or functions? Which characteristics distinguish aesthetic mental states? Which skills or abilities do we put to use when we engage aestheticallywith an object and how does that compare with non-aesthetic experiences? What does our ability to create art and engage aesthetically with things tell us about what it is to be a human being? This ambitious and far-reaching volume is essential reading for anyone investigating the aesthetic and theartistic.
Elisabeth Schellekens is Senior Lecturer at the University of Durham, and Associate Editor of the British Journal of Aesthetics. She is the author of Aesthetics and Morality (Continuum, 2007), co-author of Who's Afraid of Conceptual Art (Routledge, 2009), and is currently working on a book on Aesthetic Objectivism. She was post-doctor...
Title:The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and PsychologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:July 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198705921

ISBN - 13:9780198705925


Table of Contents

Elisabeth Schellekens and Peter Goldie: IntroductionPART 1: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE AESTHETIC1. Gregory Currie: The Master of the Masek Beds: Handaxes, Art and the Minds of Early Humans2. Matthew Kieran: The Fragility of Aesthetic Knowledge: Aesthetic Psychology and Appreciative Virtues3. Dahlia W. Zaidel: Neuroscience, Biology, and Brain Evolution in Visual Art4. Roman Frigg and Catherine Howard: Fact and Fiction in the Neuropsychology of ArtPART 2: EMOTION IN AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE5. Jesse Prinz: Emotion and Aesthetic Value6. Roddy Cowie: Beauty is Felt, not Calculated; and it Does Not fit in Boxes7. Peter Goldie: The Ethics of Aesthetic Bootstrapping8. Edmund Rolls: The Origins of Aesthetics: A Neurobiological Basis for Affective Feelings and AestheticsPART 3: BEAUTY AND UNIVERSALITY9. I. C. McManus: Beauty is Instinctive Feeling: Experimenting on Aesthetics and Art10. Jerrold Levinson: Beauty Is Not One: The Irreducible Variety of Visual Beauty11. Robert Layton: Aesthetics: The Approach from Social Anthropology12. Elisabeth Schellekens: Experiencing the Aesthetic: Kantian Autonomy or Evolutionary Biology?PART 4: IMAGINATION AND MAKE-BELIEVE13. Aaron Meskin and Jonathan Weinberg: Imagination Unblocked14. Dorothy and Jerome Singer: An Attitude Towards the Possible: The Contributions of Pretend Play to Later Adult Consciousness15. Kathleen Stock: Unpacking the Boxes: The Cognitive Theory of Imagination and AestheticsPART 5: FICTION AND EMPATHY16. David Miall: Enacting the Other: Towards an Aesthetics of Feeling in Literary Reading17. Peter Lamarque: On Keeping Psychology Out of Literary Criticism18. Zanna Clay and Marco Iacoboni: Mirroring Fictional OthersPART 6: MUSIC, DANCE, AND EXPRESSIVITY19. Noel Carroll and Margaret Moore: Moving in Concert: Dance and Music20. David Davies: 'I'll Be Your Mirror'?: Embodied Agency, Dance, and Neuroscience21. William Forde Thompson and Lena Quinto: Music and Emotion: Psychological Considerations22. Stephen Davies: Cross-cultural Musical Expressiveness: Theory and the Empirical ProgrammePART 7: PICTORIAL REPRESENTATION AND APPRECIATION23. Mark Rollins: Neurology and the New Riddle of Pictorial Style24. Norman H. Freeman: Varieties of Pictorial Judgement: A Functional Account25. Derek Matravers: Pictorial Representation and PsychologyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"this collection of original articles by philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and neuroscientists is not only a timely and welcome addition to serious inquiry into art and the aesthetic, but to philosophical aesthetics in particular and to philosophy more generally ... The question ofwhat we philosophers of art ought to make of empirical research results and methods is one whose answer we are still very much feeling our way towards. The great value of this collection is that, with it, the terrain we must traverse to do so is now all the clearer." --Dan Cavedon-Taylor, Mind