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Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception

Bence Nanay


Aesthetics is about some special and unusual ways of experiencing the world. Not just artworks, but also nature and ordinary objects. But then if we apply the remarkably elaborate and sophisticated conceptual apparatus of philosophy of perception to questions in aesthetics, we can make real progress. The aim of this book is to bring the discussion of aesthetics and perception together. Many influential debates in aesthetics will look very different and maybe not as difficult to tackle if we clarify the assumptions they make about perception and about experiences in general. The focus of the bo ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, philosophy of perception, perception, attention, pictures, formalism, identification, focused attention, distributed attention, aesthetic experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199658442
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bence Nanay, author
Peterhouse, Cambridge