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4E Cognition and the Spectrum of Aesthetic Experience

Mia Burnett    University of Memphis, USA    

Shaun Gallagher    University of Exeter, UK; University of Wollongong, Australia    

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abstract

We review 4E (embodied, embedded, extended and enactive) approaches to the analysis of art and aesthetic experience. We argue that extended mind analyses that focus on tool use miss important aspects, and that it requires 4 or more E’s to address the broad spectrum of aesthetic experiences that correlate to the broad variety of artistic genres. We develop an enactive, affordance-based approach to understanding art and aesthetic experience. Considering both the potential and the limitations of any particular approach, we argue that there is no one unified set of principles that will make sense of all art everywhere.

Pubblicato
09 Dicembre 2020
Accettato
17 Luglio 2020
Presentato
13 Luglio 2020
Lingua
EN

Keywords: Aesthetic ExperienceEnactivismAffordanceArtExtended Mind

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