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Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy

Scarinzi, Alfonsina (Ed.)

2015, XIII, 330 p. 25 illus., 19 illus. in color.

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  • The first scholarly volume in the field of aesthetics to present an embodied approach to human experience
  • Presents a wide range sub-disciplines within aesthetics
  • Highlights new research questions within the field of aesthetics, and they grapple with the embodied mind thesis

The project of naturalizing human consciousness/experience has made great technical strides (e.g., in mapping areas of brain activity), but has been hampered in many cases by its uncritical reliance on a dualistic “Cartesian” paradigm (though as some of the authors in the collection point out, assumptions drawn from Plato and from Kant also play a role). The present volume proposes a version of naturalism in aesthetics drawn from American pragmatism (above all from Dewey, but also from James and Peirce)—one primed from the start to see human beings not only as embodied, but as inseparable from the environment they interact with—and provides a forum for authors from diverse disciplines to address specific scientific and philosophical issues within the anti-dualistic  framework considering aesthetic experience as a process of embodied meaning-making. Cross-disciplinary contributions come from leading researchers including Mark Johnson, Jim Garrison, Daniel D. Hutto, John T. Haworth, Luca F. Ticini, Beatriz Calvo-Merino.

The volume covers pragmatist aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, enactive cognitive science, literary studies, psychology of aesthetics, art and design, sociology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Neuraesthetics - Pragmatist Aesthetics - anti-dualistic aesthetic experience - cognition and aesthetic interaction - embodied aesthetic experience - enactive cognitive science

Related subjects » Cognitive Psychology - Philosophical Traditions - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Table of Contents




1. Introduction to a Non-classical View of Meaning-making and Human Cognition: Meaning-making as a Socially Distributed and Embodied Practice - Jessica Lindblom

Part I Embodied Aesthetics: The Anti-Cartesian View and Aesthetics of Life                 

2. The Aesthetics of Embodied Life - Mark Johnson

3. Dewey’s Aesthetics of Body-Mind Functioning - Jim Garrison

4. Corpo-real Cognition: Pragmatist Aesthetics in William James – Thalia Trigoni

5. Ecological Embodiment, Tragic Consciousness, and the Aesthetics of Possibility: Creating an Art of Living – Tanya Jeffcoat

6. Emotionally Charged Experience – Pentti Määttänen

Part II Neuroscience, Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind

7. Embodied Aesthetics : Insight from Cognitive Neuroscience of Performing Arts - Luca F. Ticini, Cosimo Urgesi, Beatriz Calvo-Merino

8. The Aesthetic Stance – On the Conditions and Consequences of Becoming a Beholder – Maria Brincker

Part III Art Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy

9. The Last ‘Touch’ Turns the Artist into a User: The Body, The Mind and The Social Aspect of Art – Mariselda Tessarolo

10. Art that Moves: Exploring the Embodied Basis of Art Representation, Production, and Evaluation - Kendall J. Eskine, Aaron Kozbelt

11. The Experience of Literariness: Affective and Narrative Aspects - David Miall

12. A Qualitative Study of Aesthetic Reflection as Embodied Interpretation – Tracie E. Costantino

Part IV Radicalizing the Anti-Cartesian View: Enactivism in Aesthetics

13. Enactive Aesthetics: Philosophical Reflections on Artful Minds - Daniel D. Hutto

14. Neuroaesthetics as an Enactive Enterprise – Christian Tewes

15. Aesthetics as an Emotional Activity That Facilitates Sense-making: Towards an Enactive Approach in Aesthetic Experience – Ioannis Xenakis, Argyris Arnellos

16. Enactive Literariness and Aesthetic Experience: from Mental Schemata to Anti-representationalism - Alfonsina Scarinzi

Part V Creating with and for the Embodied Mind

17. Creativity in Digital Fine Art - John Haworth

18. Autopoietic Aesthetics as a Lens for Interactive Art - Jennifer Hall

19. No Neuron Is an Island: a Neuroaesthetic Inquiry into Omer Fast’s Mimetic Interactions - Sally McKay

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