UNFORTUNATELY, THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
This colloquium talk is planned as an in-person event. Registration is only required for non-CEU members. Please check the COVID safety rules here to enter the building.
In my talk I will discuss a class of mental states that is neglected in the philosophy of mind: aesthetic emotions. My focus will be on emotions of contemplation (such as: interest, feelings of absorption, etc.) and emotions of amazement (such as awe and wonder). First, I will illustrate how aesthetic emotions play a role in the cognitive access that artworks provide, thereby capturing how art engagements are conducive to understanding. Second, I will argue that the emotions critically contribute to the aesthetic evaluations of such artworks. Third, I will show that the explorative and the evaluative aspects of art engagement are intimately intertwined.
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