Neuroesthetics: Perspectives and Reflections

Neuroesthetics: Perspectives and Reflections

Fernando Fogliano (Centro Universitário Senac, Brazil) and Hosana Celeste Oliveira (Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Brazil)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0510-5.ch004


This paper presents some considerations regarding the aesthetic experience from a neuroaesthetic point of view. The approach proposed here can take the discussions beyond the field of art allowing the aesthetic experience to be considered as a key aspect of subjectivity and interactions in the world. A reflection on the roles of emotion and language as fundamental aspects of the aesthetic experience is presented. Based on this reflection, some assumptions that are at the core of culture are made and re-framed here considering the postmodern turn.
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Sciences And Humanities: A Necessary Convergence, Not An Inevitable Confrontation

Before initiating the considerations on the aesthetic experience, it is necessary to discuss the importance of the convergence between sciences and humanities to rethink culture.

Placing distinct fields of knowledge side by side may still be surprising to some. This occurs even after the emergence of multi-disciplinary fields of knowledge such as the theories that explore complexity. Nevertheless, ecology, for example, and the integrated vision that it provides, has gained importance.

The distinction between the fields of knowledge is, in Wilson's view (1999), “artifact of erudition”. The natural sciences provide the epistemological foundations to address a whole variety of issues about the universe around us. One consequence of this approach is the need to consider knowledge as a unique and complex body. The perception that the universe is a fragmented body made up of a compound of autonomous disciplines is illusory (Fogliano, 2002).

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