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Introduction

Carolyn Korsmeyer

in Savoring Disgust

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756940
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756940.003.0001
Introduction

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Historically disgust has not been considered an emotion of any artistic importance, but in fact the arousal of disgust is a significant part of the apprehension of works of art both in the past and—notably—in the present. The Introduction situates this study among recent analyses of disgust and outlines the progress of argument to come. This chapter argues on behalf of the more hidden and subtle aspects of disgust as it relates to works of art, maintaining that disgust is a cognitively important mode of understanding art. Because of its distinctive visceral nature, this emotion can achieves a singular aesthetic power.

Keywords: disgust; emotion theory; aesthetic appreciation

Chapter.  5016 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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