Triangulating Aesthetic Experience

Smith, Murray (2011) Triangulating Aesthetic Experience. In: Shimamura, Arthur P. and Palmer, Stephen E., eds. Aesthetic Science: Connecting Minds, Brains, and Experience. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 80-102. ISBN 9780199732142 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Among the various possible targets of a science of aesthetics, the study of aesthetic experience throws up particular challenges, relating to the much debated question of the scientific tractability of consciousness in general. In this essay I seek to undermine scepticism about this possibility by first underlining how aesthetic experience depends on objective, quantifiable features of the world. Building on this foundation, I argue for the integration and triangulation of phenomenological, psychological and neurological evidence pertaining to aesthetic experience. The method of triangulation is exemplified through the exploration of anomalous suspense and empathy. Along the way, the essay warns against too heavy a reliance on neural evidence, and notes the importance of ‘subpersonal’ phenomena to a science of aesthetic experience

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: triangulation, consciousness, phenomenology, psychology, neuroscience, suspense, empathy, subpersona
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages (inc film, TV and radio studies) > PB2994 Film Studies
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Film
Depositing User: Paula Anderson
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2012 13:49
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2013 10:02
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