Publications within this project

My Acknowledgments

I would like to express my gratitude to Mark Johnson for accepting my invitation to contribute to this volume. I am indebted to the serious commitment and enthusiastic engagement of the invited contributors who took an interest in my invitation beyond the limits of mere politeness. Many thanks to those who spontaneously answered my call for contributions published in 2011 and who are now part of this volume. Last but not least, I would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers, who reviewed this work, for their useful comments.

"The first scholarly volume in the field of aesthetics to present an embodied approach to human experience"

Alfonsina Scarinzi (ed.) (2015), Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy, Contributions to Phenomenology, Vol. 73, Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht

(Leading researchers who contributed to the volume: Mark Johnson, Jim Garrison, Daniel D. Hutto, John T. Haworth, Luca F. Ticini, Beatriz Calvo-Merino, David S. Miall)

About the volume:

"The project of naturalizing human consciousness/experience has made great technical strides (e.g., in mapping areas of brain activity), but has been hampered in many cases by its uncritical reliance on a dualistic “Cartesian” paradigm (though as some of the authors in the collection point out, assumptions drawn from Plato and from Kant also play a role). The present volume proposes a version of naturalism in aesthetics drawn from American pragmatism (above all from Dewey, but also from James and Peirce)—one primed from the start to see human beings not only as embodied, but as inseparable from the environment they interact with—and provides a forum for authors from diverse disciplines to address specific scientific and philosophical issues within the anti-dualistic framework considering aesthetic experience as a process of embodied meaning-making."

The volume covers pragmatist aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, enactive cognitive science, literary studies, psychology of aesthetics, art and design, sociology.

Link:

http://www.springer.com/philosophy/philosophical+traditions/book/978-94-017-9378-0


Zum "Enactive Literariness"

Enactive Literariness ist eine Bezeichnung aus dem 16. Kapitel dieses Bandes und wurde von mir vorgeschlagen, um zweierlei Ziele zu erreichen.

Einerseits soll die Bezeichnung die Aufmerksamkeit darauf lenken, dass das sprachliche Phänomen der Literarizität (Jakobson) und die Konstituierung deren Bedeutung im Prozess des Lesens aus antidualistischer Sicht in den subjektiven durch Interaktionen bestimmten Erfahrungen des Lesenden begründet liegt. Anderseits soll die Bezeichnung betonen, dass etablierte kognitivistische (cognitive/cognitivist/representationalist) Standpunkte und Erklärungen des Begriffes der Literarizität in Frage gestellt werden und auch mit der Begründung abgelehnt werden, dass sie keine unmittelbare Wechselbeziehung zwischen Geist und Körper anerkennen und sich stark an in den Kognitionswissenschaften abgeschwächtem Repräsentationalismus orientieren. Enactive Literariness bietet somit eine Brücke zur postkognitivistischen Wende .

Im Kapitel wird ausserdem ausreichend genug betont, dass ich einiges im Kapitel absichtlich radikalisiere, um die Unterschiede zwischen "cognitive/cognitivist" und "enactive" sehr stark in den Vordergrund zu stellen.

Die Argumentation wird darauf aufgebaut:

1) mind-body continuity principle (J. Dewey)

2) Husserls Begriff von Leib/Körper

3) Direct Perception (Gibson/Varela)

Das Kapitel ist NICHT ALS BEITRAG ZUR LITERATURTHEORIE anzusehen, sondern im Allgemeinen als Beitrag zur Untersuchung von kognitiven Prozessen in Kontexten der Abweichung von Erwartungen gedacht.


Alfonsina Scarinzi (ed.), (2014) Embodied Aesthetics: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind, 26th - 28th August 2013, Philosophy of History and Culture, Vol. 34, Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden (with chapters by Barbara Gail Montero, Joshua Fost, Enric Munar et al.

About this volume:

These proceedings present the work delivered in the group work sessions at the 1st International Conference on Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind.

The group work sessions aimed at discussing from different points of view the role of embodiment in the reevaluation of aesthetics as a process of bodily mediated meaning-making. The contributions deal with the following topics related to embodiment and aesthetics: 1) the bodily basis of aesthetic appreciation from an evolutionary point of view; 2) the bodily physical structures such as the brain involved in perception, aesthetic experience and appreciation; 3) the role of physiological responses in experiencing the objects of the environment aesthetically; 4) the role of body movement in the space, of action and gestures in aesthetic perception; 5) the role of one's own body in motion in the engagement with the environment; 6) somatic responses and the experience of meaning; 7) pre-reflective experience of the body; 8) the role of the interplay of different types of physical and sensory activities in the process of education to art appreciation. The volume covers psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, education, interaction design.

Link: http://www.brill.com/products/book/embodied-aesthetics