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Reminder: Aesthetics Events in Leeds 26th - 30th June
The AHRC funded project ‘Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: the Challenge from
will be organising a series of events in Leeds this month. For further
information about any of these events or to register please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference: Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art?
28th - 30th June Leeds City Art Gallery
28th - 30th June Leeds City Art Gallery
11.00 - 11.15 Registration
11.15 - 12.45 Whitney Davis (UC Berkeley) ‘Art History and Nomothetic Explanation’
12.45 – 1.45 Lunch
1.45 – 3.00 Murray Smith (Kent) ‘Against Nature; or, Confessions of a Darwinian Modernist’
3.00 – 4.30 Roger Scruton (Oxford, St Andrews, and American Enterprise Institute) ‘The cognitive science of music: what could it show?’
5.00 – 7.00 Wine Reception
9.30 – 11.00 Jonathan Gilmore (Yale) ‘Empirical Psychology, Artistic Autonomy, and the Question of Invariant Norms’
11.00 – 11.30 Tea/Coffee
11.30 – 1.00 Jenefer Robinson (Cincinnati) ‘Aesthetic Disgust?’
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.15 Sam Liao (Kansas State University) ‘Genre Explanations’
3.15 – 4.45 Stacie Friend (Heythrop) 'Emotional warrant and the psychology of fiction'
4.45 – 5.00 Tea/Coffee
5.00 – 6.15 Aaron Meskin (Leeds) ‘Aesthetic Unreliability’
7.00 onwards Conference Dinner
9.30 – 11.00
Berys Gaut (St Andrews)
'Mixed Motivations: Creativity as a
'Mixed Motivations: Creativity as a Virtue'
11.00 – 11.30 Tea/Coffee
11.30 – 1.00 Gordon Graham (Princeton Theological Seminary) ‘Aesthetics as a Normative Science’
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 Deena Skolnick Weisberg (Temple) ‘What can developmental psychology bring to the study of aesthetics?’
3.30 – 4.45 Matthew Kieran (Leeds) ‘Creativity and Well-Being’
Public Event: Science, Art and the Sacred
In collaboration with the Leeds Art Gallery, the AHRC funded project “Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: the challenge from the sciences” will be hosting a major public event on the relationship between science, art and religion on the evening of the 27th of June 2012.
This evening event will take place in the Gallery and will consist in a dialogue with three internationally renowned philosophers of art: Gregory Currie of the University of Nottingham, Gordon Graham of the Princeton Theological Seminary and Roger Scruton of the University of Oxford, University of St Andrews, and the American Enterprise Institute. The event will be moderated by Matthew Kieran, Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at the University of Leeds. There is no charge to attend this event.
For further information e mail Dr. Jon Robson (email@example.com).
Conference Announcement: Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art?
28th to the 30th of June 2012
University of Leeds
The AHRC funded project ‘Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: The Challenge from the Sciences’ http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/aesthetics/index.html are organizing an international conference, ‘Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art?’ in association with the University of Leeds, the University of Nottingham and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
The conference will involve speakers with a variety of perspectives, ranging from those with a good deal of enthusiasm for “empirical philosophy” to those more inclined to favour traditional, a priori approaches.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Philosophers are now used to paying close attention to the results of theoretical and experimental work in the sciences. This has been long-standing practice in the philosophy of the sciences, and it is now common in the philosophy of mind. The practice is growing in the philosophy of language and in ethics, where there is controversy over the authority of linguistic and moral intuitions. The practice is less common in aesthetics, but it is beginning to develop, most notably in appeals to theories of vision in disputes about pictorial perception, and reference to empirical work on the emotions and imagination in the discussion of our engagement with fiction. Such interventions are controversial in some quarters; more controversial still are claims that work in the neurosciences and in evolutionary psychology can deepen, perhaps even revolutionise, our philosophical conceptions of the arts. Some argue that such studies will not make any positive contribution to understanding the nature and value of artistic experiences whilst others hold that philosophical accounts in aesthetics should be informed by the empirical sciences.
Topics to be addressed include whether or how
For enquiries and registration please email Jon Robson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A number of postgraduate bursaries are available thanks to the generous support of the Analysis trust.
Workshop: Testimony; aesthetic and otherwise
11th May 2012 - University of Nottingham
Registration & coffee
The workshop will take place in A19, Trent Building. To indicate your intention of attending or for further details please email Jon Robson email@example.com.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the Analysis Trust and the British Society of Aesthetics
CFP: Graduate and Early Career Workshop in Aesthetics
The AHRC funded project “Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: the challenge from the sciences” (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/aesthetics/), now in its third year, will host a graduate and early career workshop on the 26th of June at the University of Leeds. The keynote speaker will be Dominic McIver Lopes (UBC). Offers of papers are warmly invited from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other early career researchers who do not yet have a tenurable or permanent post.
Papers should be no more that 3,000 words long and may address issues concerning the arts and the aesthetic in the broadest sense. Thus papers on the imagination, on knowledge in and from the arts, on aesthetic value in relation to other kinds of value, on creativity, etc are very welcome. Papers should in some way address the relevance of scientific findings, but need not be sympathetic to empirically oriented philosophy.
Papers should be prepared for blind refereeing and accompanied by a cover sheet identifying the author and providing contact information. The cover sheet should also provide some indication as to your career status to demonstrate eligibility. Papers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday March 9th. Outcome will be communicated by Friday March 30th
Workshop on Philosophical Methods
14th Feb - University of Nottingham
10.00-10.30 Registration & coffee
Call for papers: Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art?
28th to 30th of June 2012
University of Leeds
Submissions of papers are invited for an international conference in aesthetics ‘Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art?’ to be held at the University of Leeds, on the 28th to 30th of June 2012. The conference is organised by the AHRC funded research project ‘Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: The Challenge from the Sciences’ http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/aesthetics/index.html in association with the University of Leeds, the University of Nottingham and the Royal Institute of Philosophy.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers Include:
Philosophers are now used to paying close attention to the results of theoretical and experimental work in the sciences. This has been long-standing practice in the philosophy of the sciences, and it is now common in the philosophy of mind. The practice is growing in the philosophy of language and in ethics, where there is controversy over the authority of linguistic and moral intuitions. The practice is less common in aesthetics, but it is beginning to develop, most notably in appeals to theories of vision in disputes about pictorial perception, and reference to empirical work on the emotions and imagination in the discussion of our engagement with fiction. Such interventions are controversial in some quarters; more controversial still are claims that work in the neurosciences and in evolutionary psychology can deepen, perhaps even revolutionise, our philosophical conceptions of the arts. Some argue that such studies will not make any positive contribution to understanding the nature and value of artistic experiences; the most we can hope for from them is that light be shed on empirical side-constraints.
Papers should address one or more of the following topics:
Papers should take between 40 and 45 minutes to present and be submitted in a form suitable for blind review. Our aim is to involve speakers with a variety of perspectives, ranging from those with a good deal of enthusiasm for “empirical philosophy” to those more inclined to favour traditional, a priori approaches. It is intended that papers presented at the conference should be suitable for publication as a special supplementary volume of Philosophy. It is a condition of accepting the invitation to participate in the conference that we would have the first right of refusal on a final version of any paper delivered at the conference for the volume.
Deadline for submissions is 17th February 2012. Conference fee will be waived for accepted speakers and two nights’ accommodation provided.
Papers should be submitted, and enquiries addressed, to Dr. Jon Robson (email@example.com)
Conference Report: The State of Aesthetics
Institute of Philosophy, London
June 23-24th, 2011
The State of Aesthetics, organised by Gregory Currie (University of Nottingham), Derek Matravers (Open University), and Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin, and Margaret Moore (University of Leeds), took place in London at the Institute of Philosophy on June 23rd and 24th, 2011. The aim of the conference was to explore the current state of research in philosophical aesthetics, focusing on three areas: the relation between aesthetics and the artworld, the relation between aesthetics and other areas of philosophy, and the relation between aesthetics and the sciences. The conference began with a general discussion of these themes, brought into focus by Jerrold Levinson’s paper “Adieu a l’esthétician?”, which argued that related work in other disciplines does not obviate the work of the aesthetician. Gregory Currie provided a response further illustrating some of Levinson’s claims with examples drawn from the issue of aesthetic testimony.
The papers on the 23rd focused on the relation between aesthetics and other areas of philosophy, with keynote talks from John Hyman (Oxford) and Jane Heal (Cambridge). Hyman’s very rich talk ‘Art and Reality’ focused on the issue of whether the technique of painting can and does aim at the uncovering of reality; Heal extended her work on rationality to issues in aesthetics in ‘The Mind, ‘Rationality’, and Aesthetics’. The papers on the 24th focused on the remaining two themes, with keynote talks from Ivan Gaskell (Harvard, History), Diarmuid Costello (Warwick), Chris McManus (UCL, Psychology), and Matthew Kieran. Gaskell discussed the wide variety of art-related practices in contemporary China, with an eye to what and who determines an ‘artworld’. McManus presented an overview of his psychology experiments related to the normativity of aesthetic judgments. In addition to the presentation of research papers, the conference featured a panel on the teaching of aesthetics, both in the public school setting (Michael Lacewing, Heythrop) and in art schools (Matthew Rowe).
The conference was well-attended, with over 60 delegates representing numerous disciplines and backgrounds. We are grateful to have received significant financial and administrative support from the Institute of Philosophy, as well as support from the Universities of Leeds and Nottingham and the Open University. The conference also received generous support from the British Society of Aesthetics.
Project workshop: Character, Appreciation and Value
June 21-22, 2011 at the institute of philosophyhy
The second international project workshop will be held on June 21-22 at the Institute of Philosophy.
Traditional aesthetics has failed to examine the impressive evidence gathered
over the last thirty years which poses challenges to the assumptions underlying
the humanistic conception of aesthetic appreciation and the value of the arts.
The aim of the workshop is to look at the significance of such empirical work,
ranging from anthropology to social psychology, for such standard assumptions
and what, if any, the implications are for particular arguments and indeed
aesthetics more generally. Thus, for example, there is a substantial body of
evidence that character plays a much less important role in determining
decisions than situation, including apparently trivial factors that may produce
substantial changes in behaviour. Indeed, some philosophers have concluded there
is no such thing as character as traditionally conceived. If that is right, then
difficult questions arose for a traditional conception of the narrative arts
that put a premium on their ability to illuminate character differences and
character development. A skeptical note is also struck by psychological work on
exposure effects, expectations and ways in which people’s taste, aesthetic
preference and judgement can be influenced in ways they are not even aware of.
If socio-economic considerations affect art appreciation substantively might
they threaten to undermine aesthetic appreciation or knowledge? These and alike
questions are complex and it would be wrong to draw sceptical conclusions too
quickly. But no credible aesthetic theory can afford to make claims about
aesthetic appreciation, knowledge or the values of the arts based on no more
than introspection. Our aim in this workshop is to examine these kinds of
challenges to rigorous appraisal.
Speakers for the workshop will be as follows:
Michael Bristol (McGill): Some have greatness thrust upon ‘em . . .
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzsic (Goldsmiths): Quantifying Individual Differences in Aesthetic Preferences
James Cutting (Cornell): The hearts and minds of filmgoers: 1/f patterns, motion, and viewer response to popular film
Anne Eaton (Illinois): "A Lady on the Street But a Freak in the Bed": On the Function of Erotic Art
Mitch Green (Virginia): Literary Cognitivism Meets Social Psychology
Sherri Irvin (Oklahoma): Is Aesthetic Experience Possible
Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin and Margaret Moore (Leeds): Mere Exposure to Bad Art
Attendance is by invitation.
Conference Reoprt: Art, Aesthetics and the Sciences - May 16th
This conference, organised by the University of Nottingham and the University of Leeds in association with the AHRC funded project ‘Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: the Challenge from the Sciences’, provided an opportunity for graduate students to present and discuss high quality work in aesthetics, based on empirical investigation and guided by developments in the sciences.
The keynote address ‘Seeing with Feeling’ was given by Jesse Prinz (Graduate Centre: City University of New York) who argued that a certain kind of emotional affect is crucial to aesthetic perception and evaluation. Prinz went on to address work in cognitive science which suggests that emotions can influence perception and presented an account of how such findings can be applied to our perception of art works and other objects of aesthetic appreciation. In addition to the keynote address three graduate papers (selected via blind review) were presented. The first of these ‘Divergence and Evidence: A Lesson from Faultless Disagreement’, presented by James Andow (University of Nottingham), explored the attempts made by various accounts of the semantics of aesthetic judgement to explain (or explain away) our intuitions concerning faultless disagreement. Andow argued that a successful account of faultless disagreement in the aesthetics case could have important implications for other areas of philosophy (and in particular for how we should respond to empirical evidence of diverging cross-cultural intuitions in epistemology). A reply was given by Carl Baker (University of Leeds). Noah Friedman-Biglin’s (University of St Andrews) paper ‘Aesthetic Properties of Mathematical Objects’ offered an account, and vindication, of the practice of making evaluative aesthetic judgements (concerning e.g. beauty and elegance) of mathematical objects such as proofs and theorems. Friedman-Biglin outlined four aesthetic properties which he argued we can legitimately attributed to mathematical objects. A response to the paper was given by Levno Plato (University of Leeds). The final paper of the day ‘Aesthetic Cognition, Analogy, and Cognitive Science’ was presented by William York a cognitive science student from Indiana University. York’s paper argued that, contrary to a prevalent view, our capacity for aesthetic thought and experience is not peripheral to a scientific understanding of the mind but rather pivotal to such an understanding. York went on to explore efforts to map certain aspects of our aesthetic cognition (particularly as applied to analogy) using computer models. A response to the paper was given by Andrew Hirst (University of Nottingham). We thank all the speakers and respondents for their contributions.
All of the papers were well received and the discussions which followed were lively and thought provoking (aided by the insightful contributions of our graduate commentators). We were particularly pleased with the range of topics covered in the papers and with the breadth of concerns addressed. All of the papers presented addressed important issues in aesthetics but these were also related to wider debates in philosophy and elsewhere. The conference was attended by more than twenty delegates, both staff and postgraduates.
This conference was made possible by generous support from the AHRC, the Analysis Trust, the Aristotelian Society and the British Society of Aesthetics.
Graduate Conference: Art, Aesthetics and the Sciences - May 16th
The University of Nottingham and the University of Leeds in association with the AHRC funded project ‘Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: The Challenge from the Sciences’ present a one day graduate conference investigating the relevance of recent empirical developments to the study of aesthetics.
Lenton Grove, University Park, University of Nottingham
(map), 10.30 - 6.00, May 16th
B13 Lenton Grove, University Park, University of Nottingham (map), 10.30 - 6.00, May 16th
The methods of philosophical aesthetics, in line with those of philosophy more generally, have tended to be broadly a priori in nature. For instance, the traditional methodology of analytic aesthetics has relied heavily on the reflective analysis of concepts and appeals to suitably-informed intuitions. Some notable aestheticians even went so far as to argue that it is impossible in principle for empirical work to have any bearing on philosophical issues in aesthetics. Recently, however, a number of theorists--both philosophers and those from other disciplines--have come to advocate a different approach to the study of aesthetics, based on empirical investigation and guided by developments in the sciences. This conference provides an opportunity for graduate students from different disciplines to present and discuss high quality work relating to this recent trend.
Jesse Prinz (CUNY)
James Andow (Nottingham)
Noah Friedman-Biglin (St. Andrews)
William York (Indiana)
Conference schedule here
Advanced registration is not required but please e mail if you plan to attend and provide information about any dietary or mobility requirements. A number of bursaries towards subsistence and accommodation costs are available for postgraduate students wishing to attend the conference. To apply for a bursary or for any other queries please contact Dr. Jon Robson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We gratefully acknowledge support from the AHRC, the Analysis Trust, the Aristotelian Society and the British Society for Aesthetics.
Programme: The Imagination: Skeptical Challenges and Empirical Responses
The schedule for our upcoming imagination workshop can be found here.
Abstracts: The Imagination: Skeptical Challenges and Empirical Responses
Abstracts are available for two papers from our forthcoming workshop:
the near-irrelevance of neuroscience to the paradox of fiction”
“Debunking the Imagination”
My paper divides into two parts. Part One will argue that philosophers writing on our engagement with fiction systematically confuse two issues: problems that arise in engaging with narratives per se, and problems that arise in engaging with fictional as opposed to non-fictional narratives. Once the issues are distinguished, it can be seen that the imagination is not needed for either. The first requires only a theory of understanding (which is not generally thought to require the imagination) and the second requires only a distinction at the level of propositions (which does not require recourse to anything psychological). Having shown that we do not require the imagination, Part Two will look at the work of Aaron Meskin and Jonathan Weinberg, Greg Currie and Shaun Nicholls to see what, if anything, remains of their accounts following the clarificatory work in Part One.
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The Imagination: Skeptical Challenges and Empirical Responses
A workshop sponsored by the AHRC project "Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: The Challenge from the Sciences".
Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, 1.00pm-5.00pm, Thursday 3rd February 2011
Attendance is free and open to all. If you would like to attend, please reserve a place by e-mailing Margaret Moore.
Art, Aesthetics and the Sciences Graduate Conference 2011 - May 16th
In association with the AHRC project Method in philosophical aesthetics: the challenge from the sciences
Jesse Prinz (City University of New York, Graduate Center)
On May 16th the University of Nottingham and the AHRC project Method in philosophical aesthetics: the challenge from the sciences (http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/humanities/aesthetics/index.html) will be hosting a graduate conference on Art, Aesthetics and the Sciences. We invite submissions of high quality papers by graduate students working in aesthetics which address the connections between aesthetics and the sciences. Papers relating to the sciences of the mind and/or aesthetics as a science are particularly welcome. Submissions should be accessible to a general philosophical audience. Papers should not exceed 4000 words in length, and should be suitable for blind refereeing. Please submit all papers via e mail to mailto:email@example.com
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2011
Conference, 2011, in association with the Institute for Philosophy, London
We are pleased to announce that the Institute for Philosophy has awarded us funding for a conference which will be held in June 2011 in London on the topic of "The State of Aesthetics". Here is some background information about the aims of the conference:
What is the value of aesthetic investigation? On many accounts, within philosophy and outside, the answer is “very little”. Our conference invites scholars and art world figures to offer their own assessments, defences and remedies.
The theme: The state of Aesthetics
There is relatively little cross-talk between aesthetics on the one hand and philosophy of mind and metaphysics on the other, and few philosophers working outside of aesthetics read the aesthetics journals with eagerness or expectation of assistance for their own theorising. (In his 1951 essay 'The Dreariness of Aesthetics', John Passmore pointed out that British philosophers 'pay little attention to aesthetics.' Things are not much different sixty years later.)
The art world is strongly influenced by philosophically inflected theories of the text, spectatorship, its own the institutions and the ideas of taste and connoisseurship. But the Anglo-American tradition in philosophy is regarded, where it is noticed at all, as too passive, distanced and traditional to be relevant to either art practice or art engagement.
There is some evidence that things are looking up. Recent issues of the British Journal of Aesthetics contain articles by leading figures in philosophy not usually associated with research into the arts, articles on aesthetics are once again appearing in the best generalist philosophy journals, and the trend in aesthetic writing towards making good use of theories and distinctions in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language and metaphysics continues. There is also a growing list of publications in aesthetics from such unexpected directions as neuroscience and evolutionary psychology—-developments not universally welcomed within the aesthetics community. Our conference will draw together and address these developments and the concerns to which they speak. We expect to organise talks under the following headings:
Derek Matravers (Open University) joins us as an organiser for this event. Further information, including details of conference registration, will follow.
Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference 2012: "Philosophical Aesthetics and the Sciences of Art?"
We are pleased to announce that the Royal Institute of Philosophy annual conference for 2012 will be hosted jointly by the Universities of Leeds and Nottingham, and organised by the AHRC research project team under the direction of Greg Currie, Matthew Kieran and Aaron Meskin. It will take place over three days in the period May-June 2012.
Philosophers are now used to paying close attention to the results of theoretical and experimental work in the sciences. This has been long-standing practice in the philosophy of the sciences, and it is now common in the philosophy of mind.
The practice is growing in the philosophy of language and in ethics, where there is controversy over the authority of linguistic and moral intuitions. The practice is less developed in aesthetics, but it is beginning, most notably in appeals to theories of vision in disputes about pictorial perception, and reference to empirical work on the emotions and imagination in the discussion of our engagement with fiction. Such interventions are controversial in some quarters; more controversial still are claims that work in the neurosciences and in evolutionary psychology can deepen, perhaps even revolutionise, our philosophical conceptions of the arts.
Some argue that such studies will not make any positive contribution to understanding the nature and value of artistic experiences; the most we can hope for from them is that light be shed on empirical side-constraints.
We plan to encourage contributors to address questions which are central to contemporary aesthetic debate, such as these:
Further information, including details of conference registration, will follow.
Project Workshop: "Analysis and Explanation in Aesthetics"
June 21-22, 2010 at the University of Nottingham
The first international project workshop will be held on June 21-22 at the University of Nottingham. In addition to the project team, the participants at the workshop will be:
Participants will focus on questions such as:
Attendance is by invitation.
Experimental Aesthetics Workshop
May 24, 2010 at the Institute of Philosophy (London)
On May 24, the project team met with project member Chris McManus (UCL) at the Institute of Philosophy to discuss recent work in experimental aesthetics. Unfortunately we were not able to invite people outside the project team to this event.
Experimental Aesthetics Workshop
University of Leeds, 9th November 2009
At the heart of the workshop were talks given by Ronald Mallon (Utah): “The Experimental Philosophy”, Matthew Kieran (Leeds): “Aesthetic Psychology and Philosophical Aesthetics”, Gregory Currie (Nottingham): “Desires and Desire-Like Imaginings”, and Aaron Meskin (Leeds): “Aesthetics Adjectives and Context”. A lively discussion between the eighteen participants resulted in a focused, constructive, and extremely successful exchange of ideas, which continued over drinks and dinner. The workshop was part of the AHRC project “Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: The Challenge from the Sciences”. It was hosted by the Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds and took place at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute.
The workshop began with a talk by Ronald Mallon, an expert in the rapidly growing field of experimental philosophy. Mallon outlined some of the key ideas and research directions of experimental philosophy before moving on to relevant issues in aesthetics. Much experimental philosophy starts from the idea that traditional “armchair” philosophy heavily relies on intuitions as evidence for conceptual analysis. The so-called ‘positive programme’ of experimental philosophy seeks to legitimise the reference to intuitions by providing empirically grounded folk-intuitions about certain philosophical issues. The ‘negative programme’, on the other hand, questions the suitability of empirically grounded folk-intuitions as evidence for conceptual analysis, as these contain features that would unduly distort the analysis. Mallon illustrated these two approaches by drawing on examples that are relevant for research in aesthetics and then presented some forceful challenges to the positive programme.
Matthew Kieran took up the challenge for philosophical aesthetics to make sense of empirical evidence showing that – contrary to what traditional assumptions may suggest – we often do not know the reasons for our aesthetic preferences. Kieran argued that aestheticians have good reason to pay attention to empirical psychology when dealing with epistemic and normative questions in aesthetics, and he suggested that a virtue theoretic account of aesthetic judgement and appreciation might be best suited for dealing with the empirical challenge to traditional approaches in philosophical aesthetics.
Gregory Currie then focused on the philosophical challenge to explain our distinctive responses to tragedies. Currie argued that a theory that postulates the existence of ‘desire-like imaginings’ was best suited to account for some of our reactions to fictional tragedies and explored the potential for empirical research to provide data relevant to the debate about the existence of such states. Currie also explored the suggestion that many responses to fiction are driven by low-level cognition rather than by imaginings and beliefs – an approach derived from Tamar Gendler’s claims that some of our behaviour is driven by what she calls ‘aliefs’ rather than by beliefs or imaginings.
Finally, Aaron Meskin ended the formal part of the workshop by arguing that aesthetic adjectives are gradable. He explored the kind of gradability aesthetic adjectives exhibit (whether relative or absolute) and then described a possible experiment that might provide data that would help in determining the nature (and degree of context-sensitivity) of such adjectives.
Success in the latest AHRC grant awards
Nottingham's Gregory Currie, along with Matthew Kieran and Aaron Meskin at Leeds, has just been awarded £600,000 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a collaborative project on "Method in philosophical aesthetics: the challenge from the sciences". The project will run for three years from September 2009 and will involve new PhD studentships, post-doctoral research posts and international research networks.
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