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The Aesthetic Mind: Philosophy and Psychology

Elisabeth Schellekens and Peter Goldie


This collection of original essays from leading researchers across a wide range of disciplines engages with a number of issues concerning ‘the aesthetic mind’. It is the only collection which specifically targets the extent to which the empirical sciences can contribute to our philosophical understanding of the notions of the aesthetic and the artistic. The questions addressed include the following: 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 ... More

Keywords: the aesthetic mind, artistic, aesthetic experience, non-aesthetic, beauty, universality, imagination, make-believe, fiction, empathy, music, dance, expressivity, pictorial representation

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199691517
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth Schellekens, editor
University of Durham

Peter Goldie, editor
University of Manchester

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Elisabeth Schellekens and Peter Goldie

PART I The Psychology of the Aesthetic

4 Fact and Fiction in the Neuropsychology of Art

Roman Frigg and Catherine Howard1

PART II Emotion in Aesthetic Experience

PART III Beauty and Universality

PART IV Imagination and Make‐Believe

13 Imagination Unblocked

Aaron Meskin and Jonathan M. Weinberg

PART V Fiction and Empathy

18 Mirroring Fictional Others

Zanna Clay and Marco Iacoboni

PART VI Music, Dance, and Expressivity

19 Moving in Concert: Dance and Music

Noël Carroll and Margaret Moore

21 Music and Emotion: Psychological Considerations

William Forde Thompson Lena Quinto

PART VII Pictorial Representation and Appreciation

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