Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception

ISBN : 9780198811619

Bence Nanay
240 Pages
135 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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Bence Nanay explores how many influential debates in aesthetics look very different, and may be easier to tackle, if we clarify the assumptions they make about perception and experience. He focuses on the ways in which the distinction between distributed and focused attention can help us re-evaluate various key concepts and debates in aesthetics.


1 Aesthetics; 2 Distributed attention; 3 Pictures; 4 Aesthetically relevant properties; 5 Semi-Formalism; 6 Uniqueness; 7 The history of vision; 8 Non-distributed attention

About the author: 

Bence Nanay is Professor of Philosophy and BOF Research Professor at the University of Antwerp and has worked as a film critic. He is co-director of the Centre for Philosophical Psychology at the University of Antwerp and Senior Research Associate at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. He is the author of Between Perception and Action (OUP, 2013) and the editor of Perceiving the World (OUP, 2010) and of Current Controversies in Philosophy of Perception (Routledge, forthcoming). He has published more than 90 articles on various topics mainly in philosophy of mind and in aesthetics. He used to work as a film critic and served on the jury of various major international film festivals.

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