How Artworks Modify our Perception of the World

Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 22 (2):1-22 (2021)
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Abstract

Many artists, art critics, and poets suggest that an aesthetic appreciation of artworks may modify our perception of the world, including quotidian things and scenes. I call this Art-to-World, AtW. Focusing on visual artworks, in this paper I articulate an empirically-informed account of AtW that is based on content related views of aesthetic experience, and on Goodman’s and Elgin’s concept of exemplification. An aesthetic encounter with artworks demands paying attention to its aesthetic, expressive, or design properties that realize its purpose. Attention to these properties make percipients better able to spot them in other entities and scenes as well. The upshot is that an aesthetic commerce with artworks enlarges the scope of what we are able to see and has therefore momentous epistemic consequences.

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Alfredo Vernazzani
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Mind and World.John Henry McDowell - 1994 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
True Enough.Catherine Z. Elgin - 2017 - Cambridge: MIT Press.
The Contents of Visual Experience.Susanna Siegel - 2010 - , US: Oxford University Press USA.

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