By Alfonsina Scarinzi

ISBN-10: 9401793786

ISBN-13: 9789401793780

ISBN-10: 9401793794

ISBN-13: 9789401793797

The undertaking of naturalizing human consciousness/experience has made nice technical strides (e.g., in mapping parts of mind activity), yet has been hampered in lots of instances via its uncritical reliance on a dualistic “Cartesian” paradigm (though as the various authors within the assortment indicate, assumptions drawn from Plato and from Kant additionally play a role). the current quantity proposes a model of naturalism in aesthetics drawn from American pragmatism (above all from Dewey, but additionally from James and Peirce)―one primed from the beginning to determine people not just as embodied, yet as inseparable from the surroundings they have interaction with―and offers a discussion board for authors from various disciplines to handle particular medical and philosophical concerns in the anti-dualistic framework contemplating aesthetic adventure as a means of embodied meaning-making. Cross-disciplinary contributions come from top researchers together with Mark Johnson, Jim Garrison, Daniel D. Hutto, John T. Haworth, Luca F. Ticini, Beatriz Calvo-Merino.

The quantity covers pragmatist aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, enactive cognitive technological know-how, literary experiences, psychology of aesthetics, paintings and layout, sociology.

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Up and down have intuitive meaning and value for us because we inhabit our world partly through verticality relations. Another basic image schema is scalar intensity. We 2 The Aesthetics of Embodied Life 31 have evolved to experience degrees of intensity of any sensation or quality. Lights get brighter and dimmer, sounds get louder and softer, surfaces go from rougher to smoother, temperatures move from hotter to colder. Change of degree is so basic to our perceptual makeup that every language has syntactic and semantic ways of signaling these basic image-schematic types of change.

It is the principal barrier to Johnson’s Deweyan inspired aesthetics of body-mind functioning. We are living participants in the course of cosmic events, not disembodied spectators. Therefore, we bear many relations with the world around us. Our primary relation to existence is not mediated cognitive knowing; rather, it is one of the immediate presence of anoetic being and having. We sustain many intimate relations to existence, including doubt, joy, melancholy, despair, tragedy, reverence, amusement, fear, confusion, and hope whose qualities we feel long before we ever think them.

Image schemas are basic structures of meaning that play a crucial role in every form of human symbolic interaction and communication. ”). They abound in spontaneous gesture [23] and American Sign Language [28]. Architecture vastly employs image-schematic patterns, such as containment, motion along a path, links, verticality, front-back, near-far, centerperiphery [16]. Dance is a symphony of bodily movements and gestures capable of exemplifying every expressive pattern of human motion [27], and this carries over directly into theater performance [22].

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