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Aesthetic Response: Philosophical Foundations of Empirical Studies

Dr. Dominic McIver Lopes

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

University of British Columbia, Department of Philosophy, CANADA

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Progress sometimes requires agreement on what is to be explained and recent work on aesthetic response in the various brain and behavioural sciences is hampered by a lack of convergence on explananda. While philosophy sometimes serves to integrate explananda, traditional approaches to aesthetic response in philosophy are not up to the task. A new approach that centres on expertise and aesthetic reasons as involving perceptual sensitivities may be more promising.

Dr. Dominic McIver Lopes