In Aesthetics and Material Beauty, Jennifer A. McMahon develops a new aesthetic theory she terms Critical Aesthetic Realism - taking Kantian aesthetics as a starting point and drawing upon contemporary theories of mind from philosophy, ...
Author: Jennifer McMahon
In Aesthetics and Material Beauty, Jennifer A. McMahon develops a new aesthetic theory she terms Critical Aesthetic Realism - taking Kantian aesthetics as a starting point and drawing upon contemporary theories of mind from philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science. The creative process does not proceed by a set of rules. Yet the fact that its objects can be understood or appreciated by others suggests that the creative process is constrained by principles to which others have access. According to her update of Kantian aesthetics, beauty is grounded in indeterminate yet systematic principles of perception and cognition. However, Kantâ€™s aesthetic theory rested on a notion of indeterminacy whose consequences for understanding the nature of art were implausible. McMahon conceptualizes "indeterminacy" in terms of contemporary philosophical, psychological, and computational theories of mind. In doing so, she develops an aesthetic theory that reconciles the apparent dichotomies which stem from the tension between the determinacy of communication and the indeterminacy of creativity. Dichotomies such as universality and subjectivity, objectivity and autonomy, cognitivism and non-cognitivism, and truth and beauty are revealed as complementary features of an aesthetic judgment.
In Aesthetics and Material Beauty, Jennifer A. McMahon develops a new
aesthetic theory she terms ''critical aesthetic realism'', taking Kantian aesthetics
as a starting point and drawing upon contemporary theories of mind from
Author: Jennifer A. McMahon
In Aesthetics and Material Beauty, Jennifer A. McMahon develops a new aesthetic theory she terms Critical Aesthetic Realism - taking Kantian aesthetics as a starting point and drawing upon contemporary theories of mind from philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science. The creative process does not proceed by a set of rules. Yet the fact that its objects can be understood or appreciated by others suggests that the creative process is constrained by principles to which others have access. According to her update of Kantian aesthetics, beauty is grounded in indeterminate yet systematic principles of perception and cognition. However, Kant’s aesthetic theory rested on a notion of indeterminacy whose consequences for understanding the nature of art were implausible. McMahon conceptualizes "indeterminacy" in terms of contemporary philosophical, psychological, and computational theories of mind. In doing so, she develops an aesthetic theory that reconciles the apparent dichotomies which stem from the tension between the determinacy of communication and the indeterminacy of creativity. Dichotomies such as universality and subjectivity, objectivity and autonomy, cognitivism and non-cognitivism, and truth and beauty are revealed as complementary features of an aesthetic judgment.
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Aesthetics and material beauty: Aesthetics naturalized. London/New York:
Routledge. Meerbote, Ralf. 1982. Reflection on beauty. In Essays in Kant's
aesthetics, ed. Ted Cohen and Paul Guyer, 55–86. Chicago: University of
Author: Mojca Küplen
This book presents a solution to the problem known in philosophical aesthetics as the paradox of ugliness, namely, how an object that is displeasing can retain our attention and be greatly appreciated. It does this by exploring and refining the most sophisticated and thoroughly worked out theoretical framework of philosophical aesthetics, Kant’s theory of taste, which was put forward in part one of the Critique of the Power of Judgment. The book explores the possibility of incorporating ugliness, a negative aesthetic concept, into the overall Kantian aesthetic picture. It addresses a debate of the last two decades over whether Kant's aesthetics should allow for a pure aesthetic judgment of ugliness. The book critically reviews the main interpretations of Kant’s central notion of the free play of imagination and understanding and offers a new interpretation of free play, one that allows for the possibility of a disharmonious state of mind and ugliness. In addition, the book also applies an interpretation of ugliness in Kant’s aesthetics to resolve certain issues that have been raised in contemporary aesthetics, namely the possibility of appreciating artistic and natural ugliness and the role of disgust in artistic representation. Offering a theoretical and practical analysis of different kinds of negative aesthetic experiences, this book will help readers acquire a better understanding of his or her own evaluative processes, which may be helpful in coping with complex aesthetic experiences. Readers will gain unique insight into how ugliness can be offensive, yet, at the same time, fascinating, interesting and captivating.
Author: Gregory Velazco TrianoskyPublish On: 2012-12-03
The authors presented here serve as guides for scholarly adventures into new
terrain, i.e., for beauty unlimited. ... edited by Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (2008); Aesthetics and Material Beauty, by Jennifer A. McMahon (2007); Kant on Beauty
Author: Gregory Velazco Trianosky
Publisher: Indiana University Press
“A feminist aesthetics text which bridges aesthetic theory, art and popular culture and acknowledges the evolving character of standards of beauty” (Teaching Philosophy). Emphasizing the human body in all of its forms, Beauty Unlimited expands the boundaries of what is meant by beauty, both geographically and aesthetically. Peg Zeglin Brand and an international group of contributors interrogate the body and the meaning of physical beauty in this multidisciplinary volume. This striking and provocative book explores the history of bodily beautification; the physicality of socially or culturally determined choices of beautification; the interplay of gender, race, class, age, sexuality, and ethnicity within and on the body; and the aesthetic meaning of the concept of beauty in an increasingly globalized world.
The beauty of the soul is its intellection , as it takes on the characteristics of the
divine Idea . ... soul to the good involves a withdrawal into the inner self , “
foregoing all that is known by the eyes , turning away for ever from the material beauty .
Author: John Hendrix
Publisher: Peter Lang
The Symposium and the aesthetics of Plotinus -- The aesthetics of Schelling -- Plotinian hypostases in Hegel's Phenomenology of spirit -- The aesthetics of Hegel -- Architecture and the philosophy of spirit. Plotinus - Estetik Schelling, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von, 1775-1854 - Estetik Hegel, Georg Friedrich Wilhelm, 1770-1831 - Estetik Estetik - Tarih.
6 GENERAL DISCUSSION 6.1 Aesthetic appreciation of beauty The present
thesis focuses on central processes of aesthetic appreciation ... Graphic blackand
-white patterns and photographs of human faces were chosen as stimulus material.
What then are we to think of those who see beauty in itself, in all its purity,
unencumbered by flesh and body, so perfect is its ... Well, so too, one that is
caught by material beauty and will not cut himself free will be precipitated, not in
body but in ...
Author: Joseph J. Tanke
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Literary Criticism
Drawing from ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary sources, this textbook offers a comprehensive and systematic historical overview of aesthetic theory.
Beauty. R A LP H WA L DO E MER SON hilosophically considered, the universe
is composed of Nature and the Soul. Strictly ... In inquiries so general as our
present one, the inaccuracy is not material; no confusion of thought will occur.
Author: Allen Carlson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism: From Beauty to Duty addresses the complex relationships between aesthetic appreciation and environmental issues and emphasizes the valuable contribution that environmental aesthetics can make to environmentalism. Allen Carlson, a pioneer in environmental aesthetics, and Sheila Lintott, who has published widely in aesthetics, combine important historical essays on the appreciation of nature with the best contemporary research in the field. They begin with the scientific, artistic, and aesthetic foundations of current environmental beliefs and attitudes. Then they offer views on the conceptualization of nature and the various debates on how to properly and respectfully appreciate nature. The book introduces positive aesthetics, the belief that everything in nature is essentially beautiful, even the devastation caused by earthquakes or floods, and the essays in the final section explicitly bring together aesthetics, ethics, and environmentalism to explore the ways in which each might affect the others. Book jacket.
Author: Daniel Meyer-DinkgrafePublish On: 2005-12-01
Saundarya, the concept of beauty in the Indian aesthetics tradition, includes
complex philosophical meanings relating to ... between the object of beauty and
its subjective response, transforming material qualities into aesthetic experience.
Author: Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press
Category: Performing Arts
In recent years, philosophical debate of the concept of beauty has seen a remarkable renaissance. The twelve essays presented in this book provide a broad basis for a thorough reassessment of the European traditions of beauty in the arts (fine arts, performing arts, media arts) and in literature and film, not as a return to some distant, and allegedly ideal past, but as a constructive means of realising the potential of the arts for the 21st century.
mary examples of the relation of beauty to time, the rainbow localizes in its
sudden disappearance, just as in its rare and ... This made it unique among the
objects of beauty, noble in a way that the material beauty of flowers or of human
Author: Philip Fisher
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Why pause and study this particular painting among so many others ranged on a gallery wall? Wonder, which Descartes called the first of the passions, is at play; it couples surprise with a wish to know more, the pleasurable promise that what is novel or rare may become familiar. This is a book about the aesthetics of wonder, about wonder as it figures in our relation to the visual world and to rare or new experiences. In three instructive instances--a pair of paintings by Cy Twombly, the famous problem of doubling the area of a square, and the history of attempts to explain rainbows--Philip Fisher examines the experience of wonder as it draws together pleasure, thinking, and the aesthetic features of thought. Through these examples he places wonder in relation to the ordinary and the everyday as well as to its opposite, fear. The remarkable story of how rainbows came to be explained, fraught with errors, half-knowledge, and incomplete understanding, suggests that certain knowledge cannot be what we expect when wonder engages us. Instead, Fisher argues, a detailed familiarity, similar to knowing our way around a building or a painting, is the ultimate meeting point for aesthetic and scientific encounters with novelty, rare experiences, and the genuinely new.
Author: Dr Shirley Anne TatePublish On: 2012-12-28
'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. all three are well known sayings that are
part of our everyday culture. ... 1 the material drawn on for this chapter is from
face-to-face interviews in the late 1990s and the pilot questionnaire of a virtual ...
Author: Dr Shirley Anne Tate
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Social Science
Previous work discussing Black beauty has tended to concentrate on Black women's search for white beauty as a consequence of racialization. Without denying either the continuation of such aesthetics or their enduring power, this book uncovers the cracks in this hegemonic Black beauty. Drawing on detailed ethnographic research amongst British women of Caribbean heritage, this volume pursues a broad discussion of beauty within the Black diaspora contexts of the Caribbean, the UK, the United States and Latin America through different historical periods to the present day. With a unique exploration of beauty, race and identity politics, the author reveals how Black women themselves speak about, negotiate, inhabit, work on and perform Black beauty. As such, it will appeal not only to sociologists, but anyone working in the fields of race, ethnicity and post-colonial thought, feminism and the sociology of the body.
Rather, each unit of line and space with its own particular characteristic—in its
form, color, size, material, etc.—functions equally in the capacity of an individual
component in the organic whole of the visual field, realizing an aesthetic ...
Author: T. Izutsu
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
The Japanese sense of beauty as actualized in innumerable works of art, both linguistic and non-linguistic, has often been spoken of as something strange to, and remote from, the Western taste. It is, in fact, so radically different from what in the West is ordinarily associated with aesthetic experience that it even tends to give an impression of being mysterious, enigmatic or esoteric. This state of affairs comes from the fact that there is a peculiar kind of metaphysics, based on a realization of the simultaneous semantic articulation of consciousness and the external reality, dominating the whole functional domain of the Japanese sense of beauty, without an understanding of which the so-called 'mystery' of Japanese aesthetics would remain incomprehensible. The present work primarily purports to clarify the keynotes of the artistic experiences that are typical of Japanese culture, in terms of a special philosophical structure underlying them. It consists of two main parts: (1) Preliminary Essays, in which the major philosophical ideas relating to beauty will be given a theoretical elucidation, and (2) a selection of Classical Texts representative of Japanese aesthetics in widely divergent fields of linguistic and extra-linguistic art such as the theories of waka-poetry, Noh play, the art of tea, and haiku. The second part is related to the first by way of a concrete illustration, providing as it does philological materials on which are based the philosophical considerations of the first part.
Although ancient, aesthetics was for most of the twentieth century regarded as
unpromising despite its being a period of rich artistic ... and the other does not
discriminate aesthetic pleasure from pleasure in general. c) Anti-Aesthetics: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. ... Our philosophy teachers held the opinion
that it is foolish to undertake to teach a course in aesthetics, for want of sufficient material.
Author: Joseph Agassi
Category: Literary Criticism
This book is a first attempt to cover the whole area of aesthetics from the point of view of critical rationalism. It takes up and expands upon the more narrowly focused work of E. H. Gombrich, Sheldon Richmond, and Raphael Sassower and Louis Ciccotello. The authors integrate the arts into the scientific world view and acknowledge that there is an aesthetic aspect to anything whatsoever. They pay close attention to the social situatedness of the arts. Their aesthetics treats art as emerging from craft in the form of luxurious and playful challenge to the audience. In developing it they place emphasis on the number of questions and claims that can be settled by appeal to empirical facts; on the historical character of aesthetic judgements; and on the connection of aesthetic truth to true love and true friendship, i.e. fidelity and integrity, not to informative truth.
And again, the effect of extensity is never long satisfactory unless it is
superinduced upon some material beauty; the dignity of great hangings would
suffer if ... But the obsession of this dream is an intellectual puzzle, not an aesthetic delight.
Author: George Santayana
Publisher: Courier Corporation
The great philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist masterfully offers his fascinating outline of Aesthetics Theory. Drawing on the art, literature, and social sciences involved, Santayana discusses the nature of beauty, form, and expression.
His aestheticsproclaimsa rational structureand possesses formalrather than material truth.Like mathematics, itsbeauty is tautological. Indeed, Kant's theory
exemplifieshis aesthetic:its beauty is logical rather than empirical. But any theory
Author: Arnold Berleant
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
The essays in this volume exhibit many sides of the perceptual complex that is the aesthetic field and develop them in different ways. They reinvigorate our understanding of such arts as music and architecture; they range across the natural landscape to the urban one; they reassess the place of beauty in the modern environment and reassess the significance of the contributions to aesthetic theory of Kant and Dewey; and they broach the kinds of meanings and larger understanding that aesthetic engagement with the human environment can offer.
This anthology is remarkable not only for the selections themselves, among which the Schelling and the Heidegger essays were translated especially for this volume, but also for the editors' general introduction and the introductory essays ...
Author: Albert Hofstadter
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
This anthology is remarkable not only for the selections themselves, among which the Schelling and the Heidegger essays were translated especially for this volume, but also for the editors' general introduction and the introductory essays for each selection, which make this volume an invaluable aid to the study of the powerful, recurrent ideas concerning art, beauty, critical method, and the nature of representation. Because this collection makes clear the ways in which the philosophy of art relates to and is part of general philosophical positions, it will be an essential sourcebook to students of philosophy, art history, and literary criticism.
If this be so , it will explain that curious but undeniable fact , to which I have
already referred , that what I call material beauty ( e . g . the wing of a butterfly )
does not move most of us in at all the same way as a work of art moves us . It is
The Study of the Aesthetic Vocabulary When studying art criticism as it is
rendered at different occasions , and when analyzing the resultant material , the
terms and expressions used in discussing and evaluating aesthetic objects
Author: Wilfried Van Damme
Category: Social Science
In surveying the field of the anthropology of aesthetics, the author argues that the phenomenon of cultural relativism in easthetic preference may be accounted for by demonstrating that culturally varying notions of beauty are inspired by culturally varying sociocultural ideals.