The cognitive basis of aesthetics

Cassirer, Crowther, and the future

Elena Fell, Ioanna Kopsiafti

Research output: Book/ReportBook

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This book seeks to fill a void in contemporary aesthetics scholarship by considering the cognitive features that make the aesthetic and artistic worthy of philosophical study. Aesthetic cognition has been largely abandoned by analytical philosophy, which instead tends to focus its attention on the 'non-exhibited' properties of artwork or issues concerning semantic and syntactic structure. The Cognitive Basis of Aesthetics innovatively seeks to correct the marginalization of aesthetics in analytical philosophy by reinterpreting aesthetic cognition through an integration of Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms with Paul Crowther's theory of imagination and philosophy of art. This integration has three important outcomes: 1) it explains why the aesthetic and artistic constitute a unique form of knowledge; 2) it shows the role this plays in the formation of aesthetics as a discipline; and 3) it describes why aesthetic cognition is so deeply engaging. This book's unique theoretical approach engages with important works of visual, conceptual, and digital art, as well as literature, music, and theatre.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages170
ISBN (Electronic)9781317228660
ISBN (Print)9781138652149
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016

Fingerprint

Esthetics
Cognition
Art
Aesthetics
Imagination
Music
Semantics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)

Cite this

The cognitive basis of aesthetics : Cassirer, Crowther, and the future. / Fell, Elena; Kopsiafti, Ioanna.

Taylor and Francis Inc., 2016. 170 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Fell, Elena ; Kopsiafti, Ioanna. / The cognitive basis of aesthetics : Cassirer, Crowther, and the future. Taylor and Francis Inc., 2016. 170 p.
@book{986b722e7ef84db8a93221fc51126fbc,
title = "The cognitive basis of aesthetics: Cassirer, Crowther, and the future",
abstract = "This book seeks to fill a void in contemporary aesthetics scholarship by considering the cognitive features that make the aesthetic and artistic worthy of philosophical study. Aesthetic cognition has been largely abandoned by analytical philosophy, which instead tends to focus its attention on the 'non-exhibited' properties of artwork or issues concerning semantic and syntactic structure. The Cognitive Basis of Aesthetics innovatively seeks to correct the marginalization of aesthetics in analytical philosophy by reinterpreting aesthetic cognition through an integration of Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms with Paul Crowther's theory of imagination and philosophy of art. This integration has three important outcomes: 1) it explains why the aesthetic and artistic constitute a unique form of knowledge; 2) it shows the role this plays in the formation of aesthetics as a discipline; and 3) it describes why aesthetic cognition is so deeply engaging. This book's unique theoretical approach engages with important works of visual, conceptual, and digital art, as well as literature, music, and theatre.",
author = "Elena Fell and Ioanna Kopsiafti",
year = "2016",
month = "4",
day = "14",
doi = "10.4324/9781315624334",
language = "English",
isbn = "9781138652149",
publisher = "Taylor and Francis Inc.",

}

TY - BOOK

T1 - The cognitive basis of aesthetics

T2 - Cassirer, Crowther, and the future

AU - Fell, Elena

AU - Kopsiafti, Ioanna

PY - 2016/4/14

Y1 - 2016/4/14

N2 - This book seeks to fill a void in contemporary aesthetics scholarship by considering the cognitive features that make the aesthetic and artistic worthy of philosophical study. Aesthetic cognition has been largely abandoned by analytical philosophy, which instead tends to focus its attention on the 'non-exhibited' properties of artwork or issues concerning semantic and syntactic structure. The Cognitive Basis of Aesthetics innovatively seeks to correct the marginalization of aesthetics in analytical philosophy by reinterpreting aesthetic cognition through an integration of Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms with Paul Crowther's theory of imagination and philosophy of art. This integration has three important outcomes: 1) it explains why the aesthetic and artistic constitute a unique form of knowledge; 2) it shows the role this plays in the formation of aesthetics as a discipline; and 3) it describes why aesthetic cognition is so deeply engaging. This book's unique theoretical approach engages with important works of visual, conceptual, and digital art, as well as literature, music, and theatre.

AB - This book seeks to fill a void in contemporary aesthetics scholarship by considering the cognitive features that make the aesthetic and artistic worthy of philosophical study. Aesthetic cognition has been largely abandoned by analytical philosophy, which instead tends to focus its attention on the 'non-exhibited' properties of artwork or issues concerning semantic and syntactic structure. The Cognitive Basis of Aesthetics innovatively seeks to correct the marginalization of aesthetics in analytical philosophy by reinterpreting aesthetic cognition through an integration of Ernst Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms with Paul Crowther's theory of imagination and philosophy of art. This integration has three important outcomes: 1) it explains why the aesthetic and artistic constitute a unique form of knowledge; 2) it shows the role this plays in the formation of aesthetics as a discipline; and 3) it describes why aesthetic cognition is so deeply engaging. This book's unique theoretical approach engages with important works of visual, conceptual, and digital art, as well as literature, music, and theatre.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84977467906&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84977467906&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.4324/9781315624334

DO - 10.4324/9781315624334

M3 - Book

SN - 9781138652149

BT - The cognitive basis of aesthetics

PB - Taylor and Francis Inc.

ER -