What does "enactive aesthetics" mean? (by A. Scarinzi)

Neither Art Theory Nor Neuroaesthetics, Neither Umbrella Term Nor Buzzword: What Does "Enactive Aesthetics" Mean?

Goal: "Enactive aesthetics" is a term that was used for the first time between 2011 and 2013 and in my edited volume "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind" (Springer) in 2015. It refers to experience in interactions. Not necessarily in the interactions with works of visual art for, as we know, aesthetics does not refer to art only, and the autonomy of art has been questioned and rejected by some scholars like Dewey. 

So what does "enactive aesthetics" mean? Recently, the notion of enactive aesthetics has been completely and sadly misunderstood by a bunch of scholars working in the analytic tradition and in the field of empiricism. They commit more than one fallacy. The aim of this project is to clarify the notion of enactive aesthetics that was developed within the framework of enactive cognitive science (Varela & Thompson & Rosch, 1991) and to focus on the non-autonomy of art.
The project discusses the following issues characterizing enactivism: anti-dualism, anti- or non-representationalism, the enactive mind, embodiment, the brain as a resonance system (Fuchs 2018), neurophenomenology.


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