Aesthetics and Experimental Aesthetics

July 3, 2023 - August 3, 2023

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Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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This course analyses a series of aesthetic concepts – such as aisthesis, taste, beauty, judgement, imagination, empathy, aura, the beholder’s share, and the embodied simulation – from both a speculative aesthetic perspective and an experimental aesthetic perspective. Whereas speculative aesthetics is the study of aesthetic concepts based on the use of pure reason, experimental aesthetics – a field of psychology founded by Gustav Theodor Fechner in the 19th century – is the study of aesthetic phenomena that takes into account empirical evidences from disciplines such as biology, experimental psychology, and neurophysiology.

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The course and readings will be entirely in English. 

Teacher: Dr. Fabio Tononi

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June 18, 2023, 11:00pm UTC

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