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Aesthetics and the embodied mind : beyond art theory and the by Alfonsina Scarinzi

By Alfonsina Scarinzi

The venture of naturalizing human consciousness/experience has made nice technical strides (e.g., in mapping components of mind activity), yet has been hampered in lots of circumstances via its uncritical reliance on a dualistic “Cartesian” paradigm (though as many of the authors within the assortment indicate, assumptions drawn from Plato and from Kant additionally play a role). the current quantity proposes a model of naturalism in aesthetics drawn from American pragmatism (above all from Dewey, but in addition from James and Peirce)―one primed from the beginning to determine people not just as embodied, yet as inseparable from the surroundings they have interaction with―and offers a discussion board for authors from varied disciplines to handle particular medical and philosophical concerns in the anti-dualistic framework contemplating aesthetic adventure as a means of embodied meaning-making. Cross-disciplinary contributions come from major researchers together with Mark Johnson, Jim Garrison, Daniel D. Hutto, John T. Haworth, Luca F. Ticini, Beatriz Calvo-Merino.

The quantity covers pragmatist aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, enactive cognitive technological know-how, literary reviews, psychology of aesthetics, paintings and layout, sociology.

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Rather, I simply want to observe that Kant’s legacy in the philosophy of art and aesthetic judgment is what Hans Georg Gadamer calls “the subjectivisation of aesthetics in the Kantian critique” ([14], 39), for, after Kant, the problem of aesthetic judgment comes to be framed as how a judgment that is “merely subjective” – as based on feelings – can lay claim to universal validity. 3 Kant, of course, does not say that we cannot also have a practical interest in the object of our aesthetic appreciation, but only that we must never allow any relation of the object to our interests, life emotions, or vital ends to be the basis of a pure judgment of taste.

That is, the socio-cultural dimension meets the physiological dimension, reaping the best of both worlds without neglecting the effects of embodiment for social interaction. What further unites all these issues is how profoundly embodiment shapes social interaction and cognition through unfolding socially embodied actions in social and cultural contexts. As stated in this chapter, the key to this coherent union is the way our social mind is embodied, a fact that should not be neglected or trivialized.

Feldman, Jerome. 2006. From molecule to metaphor: A neural theory of language. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 14. Gadamer, Hans Georg. 1975. Truth and Method. Trans. G. Barden and J. Cumming. New York: Crossroad Publishing. 15. Johnson, Mark. 1987. The body in the mind: The bodily basis of meaning, imagination, and reason. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 16. Johnson, Mark. 2002. Architecture and the embodied mind. OASE 58(Summer): 75–93. 17. Johnson, Mark. 2007. The meaning of the body: Aesthetics of human understanding.

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