Aesthetics

Beauty and Sublimity: A Cognitive Aesthetics of Literature by Patrick Colm Hogan

By Patrick Colm Hogan

fresh many years have witnessed an explosion in neuroscientific and comparable study treating aesthetic reaction. This booklet integrates this examine with insights from philosophical aesthetics to suggest new solutions to longstanding questions about attractiveness and sublimity. Hogan starts off by way of distinguishing what we reply to as attractive from what we count number socially as attractive. He is going directly to study the previous by way of info processing (specifically, prototype approximation and non-habitual development attractiveness) and emotional involvement (especially of the endogenous present and attachment systems). during the ebook, Hogan examines such matters as how common rules of aesthetic reaction could be reconciled with person idiosyncrasy, the way it is feasible to argue rationally over aesthetic reaction, and what position own good looks and sublimity may well play within the definition of artwork. to regard those matters, the publication considers works via Woolf, Wharton, Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Beethoven, Matisse, and Kiran Rao, between others.

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