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1st Edition

Aesthetic Experience

ISBN 9780415887823
Published October 15, 2010 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

In this volume, a team of internationally respected contributors theorize the concept of aesthetic experience and its value. Exposing and expanding our restricted cultural and intellectual presuppositions of what constitutes aesthetic experience, the book aims to re-explore and affirm the place of aesthetic experience--in its evaluative, phenomenological and transformational sense--not only in relation to art and artists but to our inner and spiritual lives.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Contemplating the Undefinable

Adele Tomlin

Experience and the Nature of the Aesthetic


1. Aesthetic Essence

Malcolm Budd


2. The Aesthetic: From Experience to Art

Paul Crowther


3. The Dialectic of Aesthetics: the New Strife between Philosophy and Art

Christophe Menke


4. Experiential Theories of Aesthetic Value

Gary Iseminger


The Value and Scope of Aesthetic Experience


5. The Aesthetic: From Analysis to Eros

Richard Shusterman


6. On the Scope of Aesthetic Experience

Martin Seel


7. Refined Emotion in Aesthetic Experience

Kathleen Higgins


8. Taste, Food and the Limits of Pleasure

Carolyn Korsmeyer

Aesthetic Experience, Artists, and Philosophies of Art


9. Aesthetic Experience, Art and Artists

Noel Carroll


10. Between Being and Doing: Aesthetics at the Crossroads

Jean-Pierre Cometti


11. Schopenhauer and the Foundations of Aesthetic Experience

Alex Neill

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Richard Schusterman is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Temple University, USA.

Adele Tomlin is Graduate Tutor at Kings College London and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.