Emotionally Charged Aesthetic Experience

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Määttänen , P 2015 , Emotionally Charged Aesthetic Experience . in A Scarinzi (ed.) , Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind : Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy . Contributions To Phenomenology , vol. 73 , Springer , Dordrecht , pp. 85-99 .

Title: Emotionally Charged Aesthetic Experience
Author: Määttänen, Pentti
Other contributor: Scarinzi, Alfonsina
Contributor organization: Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies
Publisher: Springer
Date: 2015
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind
Belongs to series: Contributions To Phenomenology
ISBN: 978-94-017-9378-0
ISSN: 0923-9545
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/232315
Abstract: Abstract In traditional aesthetics, the typical characteristic of aesthetic experience is said to be pure disinterested beauty. However, the discussion based on this notion is burdened with the philosophical background assumptions of German idealism. In his Art as Experience John Dewey challenged the classical philosophical tradition and presented the key ideas for developing a new concept of aesthetic experience. In order to understand his pragmatist notion of aesthetic experience it is necessary to discuss a number of topics concerning pragmatist the challenge to classical philosophy. The philosophical naturalism of pragmatism questions the traditional distinction between the changing empirical world and the mind-independent real world as an object of genuine knowledge. There is only one world and we are in it. Dewey’s naturalism is, however, in important respects different from the main trend in contemporary naturalism. Further, the pragmatist conception of experience must be clearly distinguished from the traditional notion of experience as sense experience. Action and practice are modes of experiencing and understanding the world. The third topic concerns the naturalistic denial of any immaterial substances. The mind is necessarily embodied, but this is not enough to remove the classical dichotomy between internal and external. A fourth questionable dichotomy in classical philosophy is related to this: the sharp distinction between reason and experience. The pragmatist notion of meaning undermines this dualism. This notion of meaning also serves as a basis for understanding Dewey’s comments on the meanings typical in art. Finally, the emotionally expressive power of art requires an explanation. A discussion of all these points helps to clarify the character of the pragmatist notion of aesthetic experience developed below.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
Peer reviewed: Yes
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