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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: The collection is divided into seven parts: ‘The Aesthetic Mind’, ‘Emotion in Aesthetic Experience’, ‘Beauty and Universality’, Imagination and Make-Believe’, ‘Fiction and Empathy’, ‘Music, Dan ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

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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PART I The Psychology of the Aesthetic

PART II Emotion in Aesthetic Experience

PART III Beauty and Universality

PART IV Imagination and Make‐Believe

PART V Fiction and Empathy

PART VI Music, Dance, and Expressivity

PART VII Pictorial Representation and Appreciation

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