Gianluca Consoli

The goal and the nature of aesthetic experience: Some key hypotheses on the basis of the neuro-psychological approach to aesthetics

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Keywords: Aesthetic Experience; Aesthetic Attitude; Aesthetic Knowledge; Aesthetic Pleasure; Aesthetic Interest; Aesthetic Emotions; Aesthetic Evaluation.

In this paper I argue some key hypotheses concerning the goal and the nature of aesthetic experience. I derive these hypotheses from the evidence collected by the so-called neuro-psychological approach to aesthetics. The hypotheses concern some of the most relevant concepts of the philosophical aesthetics, namely: aesthetic attitude, aesthetic knowledge and fiction, aesthetic pleasure and interest, aesthetic emotions, and aesthetic evaluation. Taken together, they suggest that aesthetic experience is a specific realization of the goal of knowing.

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