Springer, Dordrecht


330 Pages

ISBN 978-94-017-9378-0

Contributions to Phenomenology
vol. 73

Aesthetics and the embodied mind

beyond art theory and the cartesian mind-body dichotomy

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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)—oneprimed 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.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9379-7

Full citation:

(2015). Aesthetics and the embodied mind: beyond art theory and the cartesian mind-body dichotomy, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents

The aesthetics of embodied life

Johnson Mark


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Corporeal cognition

Trigoni Thalia


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Emotionally charged aesthetic experience

Määttänen Pentti


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Embodied aesthetics

Ticini Luca F.; Urgesi Cosimo; Calvo-Merino Beatriz


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The aesthetic stance

Brincker Maria


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The last "touch" turns the artist into a user

Tessarolo Mariselda


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Art that moves

Eskine Kendall J.; Kozbelt Aaron


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The experience of literariness

Miall David S.


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Enactive aesthetics

Hutto Daniel


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Aesthetics as an emotional activity that facilitates sense-making

Xenakis Ioannis; Arnellos Argyris


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Creativity in digital fine art

Haworth John


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No neuron is an island

McKay Sally


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