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Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind

Greg Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin, and Jon Robson


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 analyse 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 and their views on ae ... More

Keywords: art, aesthetics, cognitive science, criticism, evaluation, fiction, imagination, interpretation, perception, philosophy of art

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199669639
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Currie, editor
University of York

Matthew Kieran, editor
University of Leeds

Aaron Meskin, editor
University of Leeds

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Greg Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin, and Jon Robson

Part I Method

1 Feckless Reason

Dominic McIver Lopes

6 Portrait of the Artist as an Aesthetic Expert

Christy Mag Uidhir, and Cameron Buckner

Part II First-Order Issues

7 Seeing with Feeling

Jesse Prinz

9 All Your Desires in One Box

Jonathan M. Weinberg

11 Believing in Stories

Stacie Friend

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