Questions about aesthetic experience


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These brief comments raise some questions about Murray Smith's remarks, in his new volume Film, Art, and the Third Culture: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film, on the nature of aesthetic experience. My questions concern how we might best draw a viable distinction between aesthetic and non-aesthetic experiences and focus in particular on possible links between self-awareness and aesthetic experiences. In sum, I agree with Smith in holding that we should not give up on the notion of aesthetic experience, even though aestheticians continue to disagree regarding even the most basic questions pertaining to its nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalProjections (New York)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Aesthetic experience
  • Clarence Irving Lewis
  • Ludovico Castelvetro
  • Processing fluency
  • Self-consciousness


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