Experimental Philosophy of Aesthetics

Philosophy Compass 10 (12):927-939 (2015)
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Shen-yi Liao
University of Puget Sound
Florian Cova
University of Geneva
Abstract
In the past decade, experimental philosophy---the attempt at making progress on philosophical problems using empirical methods---has thrived in a wide range of domains. However, only in recent years has aesthetics succeeded in drawing the attention of experimental philosophers. The present paper constitutes the first survey of these works and of the nascent field of 'experimental philosophy of aesthetics'. We present both recent experimental works by philosophers on topics such as the ontology of aesthetics, aesthetic epistemology, aesthetic concepts, and imagination, as well as research from other disciplines that not only are relevant to philosophy of aesthetics but also open new avenues of research for experimental philosophy of aesthetics. Overall, we conclude that the birth of an experimental philosophy of aesthetics is good news not only for aesthetics but also for experimental philosophy itself, as it contributes to broaden the scope of experimental philosophy.
Keywords experimental philosophical aesthetics  experimental philosophy  neuroaesthetics  aesthetic realism  aesthetic testimony  aesthetic value  aesthetic adjective
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12271
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