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Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind$
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Greg Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin, and Jon Robson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669639.001.0001

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Is Aesthetic Experience Possible?

Is Aesthetic Experience Possible?

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(p.37) 2 Is Aesthetic Experience Possible?
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Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind
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Sherri Irvin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669639.003.0003

Several current views of aesthetic experience and appreciation propose that these activities involve second-order awareness of one’s own mental states or processes. Psychological research over the last several decades, on the other hand, raises serious questions about the viability of second-order awareness of mental processes. In this paper, Irvin enumerates the problems that this research raises for accounts of aesthetic experience and appreciation, and explores the prospects for solving these problems. She proposes an account of three related notions—aesthetic experience, (mere) aesthetic appreciation, and deep aesthetic appreciation—in light of the empirical findings.

Keywords:   aesthetic experience, aesthetic appreciation, mindfulness, introspection

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