Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy

  • Alfonsina Scarinzi

Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 73)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction to a Non-classical View of Meaning-Making and Human Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Embodied Aesthetics: The Anti-Cartesian View and Aesthetics of Life

  4. Neuroscience, Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Luca F. Ticini, Cosimo Urgesi, Beatriz Calvo-Merino
      Pages 103-115
  5. Art Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy

  6. Radicalizing the Anti-Cartesian View: Enactivism in Aesthetics

  7. Creating with and for the Embodied Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. John Haworth
      Pages 281-296
    3. Jennifer Hall
      Pages 297-314

About this book


The project of naturalizing human consciousness/experience has made great technical strides (e.g., in mapping areas of brain activity), but has been hampered in many cases by its uncritical reliance on a dualistic “Cartesian” paradigm (though as some of the authors in the collection point out, assumptions drawn from Plato and from Kant also play a role). The present volume proposes a version of naturalism in aesthetics drawn from American pragmatism (above all from Dewey, but also from James and Peirce)—one primed from the start to see human beings not only as embodied, but as inseparable from the environment they interact with—and provides a forum for authors from diverse disciplines to address specific scientific and philosophical issues within the anti-dualistic  framework considering aesthetic experience as a process of embodied meaning-making. Cross-disciplinary contributions come from leading researchers including Mark Johnson, Jim Garrison, Daniel D. Hutto, John T. Haworth, Luca F. Ticini, Beatriz Calvo-Merino.

The volume covers pragmatist aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, enactive cognitive science, literary studies, psychology of aesthetics, art and design, sociology.


Neuraesthetics Pragmatist Aesthetics anti-dualistic aesthetic experience cognition and aesthetic interaction embodied aesthetic experience enactive cognitive science

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfonsina Scarinzi
    • 1
  1. 1.EuCog III, European Network of ExcellenceLondonUnited Kingdom

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