Aesthetics and Cognitive Science

Gregory Currie

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279456
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Aesthetics and Cognitive Science

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The subject of this article is the connection between art and all those aspects of mind that have, to some degree, an empirical side. It covers results in neuropsychology and neuroscience, in cognitive and developmental psychology, as well as in various parts of the philosophy of mind. This article, however, ignores questions about the natural history of our mental capacities. To the extent that art has human psychology as its subject, there must be potential for conflict with the sciences of mind. As philosophers have recently noted, results in social psychology challenge our ordinary conception of human motivation, suggesting that moral character either does not exist at all or plays an insignificant role in shaping behaviour.

Keywords: neuropsychology; neuroscience; developmental psychology; aesthetics; mental capacities; human motivation

Article.  7365 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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