Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Peer F. Bundgaard
    Pages 1-13 Open Access
  3. David S. Miall
    Pages 15-30 Open Access
  4. Marisa Bortolussi, Peter Dixon
    Pages 31-49 Open Access
  5. Cathrine Kietz
    Pages 51-73 Open Access
  6. John M. Kennedy, Marta Wnuczko
    Pages 89-107 Open Access
  7. Shaun Gallagher
    Pages 129-143 Open Access
  8. Jean-Marie Schaeffer
    Pages 145-165 Open Access
  9. John Hyman
    Pages 191-208 Open Access
  10. Francis Édeline, Jean-Marie Klinkenberg
    Pages 225-242 Open Access
  11. Wolfgang Wildgen
    Pages 243-257 Open Access
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 259-264

About this book


This book investigates the nature of aesthetic experience and aesthetic objects. Written by leading philosophers, psychologists, literary scholars and semioticians, the book addresses two intertwined issues. The first is related to the phenomenology of aesthetic experience: The understanding of how human beings respond to artworks, how we process linguistic or visual information, and what properties in artworks trigger aesthetic experiences. The examination of the properties of aesthetic experience reveals essential aspects of our perceptual, cognitive, and semiotic capacities. The second issue studied in this volume is related to the ontology of the work of art: Written or visual artworks are a specific type of objects, containing particular kinds of representation which elicit a particular kind of experience. The research question explored is: What properties in artful objects trigger this type of experience, and what characterizes representation in written and visual artworks? The volume sets the scene for state-of-the-art inquiries in the intersection between the psychology and ontology of art. The investigations of the relation between the properties of artworks and the characteristics of aesthetic experience increase our insight into what art is. In addition, they shed light on essential properties of human meaning-making in general.


Aesthetics and art Art History Artwork and Perception Cognitive Semiotics Knowing Art Ontology of art Phenomenology and cognitive science cognitive aesthetics phenomenological aesthetics psychology of art

Editors and affiliations

  • Peer F. Bundgaard
    • 1
  • Frederik Stjernfelt
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for SemioticsAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Humanomics Centre Department of Arts and CultureUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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