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Enactive aesthestics: philosophical reflections on artful minds

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Abstract


  • The arrival of embodied, enactive and extended accounts of minds has

    sparked interest in how such new thinking about minds might influence and reshape

    our thinking about the production and appreciation of art. This paper clarifies why

    radically enactive approaches to aesthetics ought to be favoured. This is achieved in

    three stages. First, a properly enactive vision of aesthetics is distinguished from

    weaker, embodied and extended accounts of art. The latter are shown to be compatible

    with the strongest and most ambitious versions of internalism about artful

    minds (section "More than Embodied and Extended Artful Minds"). Second, the

    commitments of ambitious- versions of neuroaesthetics - theories that attempt to

    understand artful minds as wholly internal and neurally based- are examined. It is

    revealed that ambitious neuroaesthetic theories, those that endorse the representational

    theory of mind and essentialism about art, are incompatible with a radically

    enactive aesthetics (section "Neuroaesthetics"). Third, an analysis is provided to

    show how commitment to representationalism of a Cartesian stripe is the true source

    of the internalist and disembodied vision of artful minds promoted by ambitious

    neuroaesthetic theories (section "Essentially Disembodied Minds"). Finally, readers

    are directed to general arguments - provided in other works - for favouring the

    anti-representationalist radical enactivism over the theories of mind assumed by

    ambitious neuroaesthetic theories (section "Radically Enactive Aesthetics").

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2015). Enactive aesthestics: philosophical reflections on artful minds. In A. Scarinzi (Eds.), Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy (pp. 211-227). Leiden: Springer.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2054

Book Title


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

Start Page


  • 211

End Page


  • 227

Abstract


  • The arrival of embodied, enactive and extended accounts of minds has

    sparked interest in how such new thinking about minds might influence and reshape

    our thinking about the production and appreciation of art. This paper clarifies why

    radically enactive approaches to aesthetics ought to be favoured. This is achieved in

    three stages. First, a properly enactive vision of aesthetics is distinguished from

    weaker, embodied and extended accounts of art. The latter are shown to be compatible

    with the strongest and most ambitious versions of internalism about artful

    minds (section "More than Embodied and Extended Artful Minds"). Second, the

    commitments of ambitious- versions of neuroaesthetics - theories that attempt to

    understand artful minds as wholly internal and neurally based- are examined. It is

    revealed that ambitious neuroaesthetic theories, those that endorse the representational

    theory of mind and essentialism about art, are incompatible with a radically

    enactive aesthetics (section "Neuroaesthetics"). Third, an analysis is provided to

    show how commitment to representationalism of a Cartesian stripe is the true source

    of the internalist and disembodied vision of artful minds promoted by ambitious

    neuroaesthetic theories (section "Essentially Disembodied Minds"). Finally, readers

    are directed to general arguments - provided in other works - for favouring the

    anti-representationalist radical enactivism over the theories of mind assumed by

    ambitious neuroaesthetic theories (section "Radically Enactive Aesthetics").

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Hutto, D. (2015). Enactive aesthestics: philosophical reflections on artful minds. In A. Scarinzi (Eds.), Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy (pp. 211-227). Leiden: Springer.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2054

Book Title


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

Start Page


  • 211

End Page


  • 227