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Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film — Précis

Smith, Murray (2018) Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film — Précis. Projections, 12 (2). pp. 1-8. ISSN 1934-9688. (doi:10.3167/proj.2018.120202) (KAR id:72056)

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In this overview of my recent book, I outline its main themes, questions, and arguments. Part 1 explores the applicability of philosophical naturalism to aesthetics and the arts. Searching for the principles that might undergird a naturalistic or “third cultural” approach to the arts, I defend a model of “triangulation” that seeks consilience among phenomenological, psychological, and neurophysiological evidence and that relates to two further strategies: “thick explanation,” combining personal and “subpersonal” levels of analysis, and “theory construction,” conceived as an empirically oriented alternative to conceptual analysis. Part 2 examines emotion in the arts and in film as a relevant and fertile territory for a naturalized aesthetics, in relation to Charles Darwin’s account of the expression of the emotions, niche construction, and the theory of the “extended mind.”

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3167/proj.2018.120202
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Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Murray Smith
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 10:00 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 12:56 UTC
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