Aesthetic experience and aesthetic object

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 21 (3):289-313 (1960)
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Abstract

The purpose here is to give a thorough phenomenological account of the aesthetic experience. The difference between cognitive perception of a real object and the aesthetic experience of an esthetic object is discussed at length. Elements and phases of an esthetic experience are delineated; illustrations of a preliminary emotion of esthetic experience are given, All of which suggest a fundamental change of attitude. From normal perceiving to esthetic perceiving there is a change from categorical structures to qualitative harmony structures, Producing pleasure in the presence of an esthetic object. (staff)

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