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Editorial Jan 2004

Editorial

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Notices Jan 2004

Notices

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Recent Publications Jan 2004

Recent Publications

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Machines In The Ocean: The Aesthetics Of Wind Farms, Yuriko Saito Jan 2004

Machines In The Ocean: The Aesthetics Of Wind Farms, Yuriko Saito

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

This is an exploration of the aesthetic opposition lodged against wind power facilities. Taking the recent controversy regarding the proposal of a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod as an example, I analyze the opponents' claim that such a construction "ruins" or "spoils" the otherwise pristine landscape. After suggesting some strategies of making the structure more aesthetically positive purely on the sensuous level, I propose that this specific issue must be discussed in the context of larger issues: civic environmentalism and the aesthetics of sustainability.


The Heresy Of Paraphrase Revisited, Stefán Snaevarr Jan 2004

The Heresy Of Paraphrase Revisited, Stefán Snaevarr

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

I try to rejuvenate Cleanth Brooks's old thesis about the 'heresy of paraphrase.' This I do by analysing a couple of well-known poems and by performing thought experiments of the "possible world" kind. They show that paradigmatic examples of poems are not paraphrasable. A prosaic text can be improved with the aid of a paraphrase, but a typical poem cannot. The deeper explanation for the non-rephrasability of poetry is that our understanding of it is basically tacit. In this way I hope to give Brooks's original thesis a more solid foundation.


Animal Aesthetics, Wolfgang Welsch Jan 2004

Animal Aesthetics, Wolfgang Welsch

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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How To Speak Of Nature? The Exemplary Position Of Mount Koli In Environmental Research, Yrjö Sepänmaa Jan 2004

How To Speak Of Nature? The Exemplary Position Of Mount Koli In Environmental Research, Yrjö Sepänmaa

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Mount Koli in Eastern Finland is a useful example for environmental aesthetics and landscape research. In case studies, an example represents a general set and the conclusion becomes a precedent. Koli provides a wealth of material: descriptions of local nature, art featuring Koli, and documents concerning the environmental debates around it. One can outline both the development of Koli into a culturally significant location and the activities and policies of the process, as well as the values and appreciations that guided them. The material we have can be used to examine an environmental institution designed to have the structure of ...


Kinetic Synesthesia: Experiencing Dance In Multimedia Scenographies, Marc Boucher Jan 2004

Kinetic Synesthesia: Experiencing Dance In Multimedia Scenographies, Marc Boucher

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

The contrasting kinetic values between dancer and projected moving image in multimedia scenographies provide the viewer with a particular type of synaesthetic experience. It results from the interaction of kinesthesis proper to each medium, the dancing body and the moving image. The extensive use of projected moving images in performing arts is part of a cultural trend that priviledges a fundamental yet little understood aspect of aesthetic experience. Kinetic synaesthesia is a transdisciplinary concept formulated in light of psychological, physiological, and phenomenological accounts of both synaesthesia and kinesthesis.


Foucault, Enlightenment And The Aesthetics Of The Self, Anita Seppä Jan 2004

Foucault, Enlightenment And The Aesthetics Of The Self, Anita Seppä

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Mona Hatoum's video installation Corps étranger is an example of an artwork that critically comments on particular aspects of contemporary visual culture, such as the colonization of the body's interior by medical image technologies. It has indeed been interpreted in those terms by several authors from within the new academic field of Visual Culture. Here it is argued that the critical cultural impact of the installation might be more fully described when one grants art a relative autonomy within the cultural field and, moreover, draws on concepts from more traditional academic disciplines and approaches, such as aesthetics and ...


Colorization Revisited, Julie C. Van Camp Jan 2004

Colorization Revisited, Julie C. Van Camp

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

This article is both philosophical and practical in its intent. It endeavours to bring into focus an idea with an Ancient Greek lineage, poiesis, and determine whether it may revitalise our thinking about the 'making' of art. The art-making considered in this paper will concentrate exclusively on Western art and its historical and contemporary manifestations. I suggest that poiesis - that which "pro-duces or leads (a thing) into being'" - may enable practitioners in the varying art forms, and aestheticians who reflect upon them, to come to a deeper sense of how artworks work: that they realize themselves inter-dependently of the formative ...


Narrative Understanding And Understanding Narrative, Sarah E. Worth Jan 2004

Narrative Understanding And Understanding Narrative, Sarah E. Worth

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

In this paper I deal with the question of how it is that we have emotional responses to things that we do not believe in the reality of, specifically things like characters and events in literature and film (the paradox of fiction). The direction in which I wish to take this query is not the traditional philosophical approach to this question, however. There has been much written on this particular approach, and because of this I think that it is becoming, in philosophical effect, stuck. What I wish to do in what follows is to approach this question from a ...


Ethical Autonomism: The Work Of Art As A Moral Agent, Rob Van Gerwen Jan 2004

Ethical Autonomism: The Work Of Art As A Moral Agent, Rob Van Gerwen

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Much contemporary art seems morally out of control. Yet, philosophers seem to have trouble finding the right way to morally evaluate works of art. The debate between autonomists and moralists, I argue, has turned into a stalemate due to two mistaken assumptions. Against these assumptions, I argue that the moral nature of a work's contents does not transfer to the work and that, if we are to morally evaluate works we should try to conceive of them as moral agents. Ethical autonomism holds that art's autonomy consists in its demand that art appreciators take up an artistic attitude ...


Symposium: The Body (Continued In Vol. 3) Jan 2004

Symposium: The Body (Continued In Vol. 3)

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Call for submissions that discuss the aesthetic significance of the body in art.


Reclaiming The Body: Francis Bacon's Fugitive Bodies And Confucian Aesthetics On Bodily Expression, Eva K. W. Man Jan 2004

Reclaiming The Body: Francis Bacon's Fugitive Bodies And Confucian Aesthetics On Bodily Expression, Eva K. W. Man

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Recently there has been a cry in Western academic and artistic circles for reclaiming the body and repositioning its locus and identity. Body theories and body art have become topics of attention as well as subjects of philosophical discussion. This article looks at the issue from a comparative perspective, focusing on representative cases in Chinese and Western portrait paintings. It first discusses Francis Bacon's works of human bodies and identifies their philosophical and psychological loci. It then outlines the Confucian discourses on the body, their related metaphysical grounds, and their relations to traditional Chinese portrait paintings. Representative Chinese portraits ...


Talk To The Animals: A Short Comment On Wolfgang Welsch's "Animal Aesthetics", Stefán Snaevarr Jan 2004

Talk To The Animals: A Short Comment On Wolfgang Welsch's "Animal Aesthetics", Stefán Snaevarr

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

I voice some concern about Wolgang Welsch's defense of the theory that animals can feel aesthetic pleasure. My first concern is epistemological: it is hard to see how we can find out whether they actually feel such pleasures. My second concern is conceptual: aesthetic pleasures have intentional objects and are woven into fallible judgments. It is hard to see that animals have such objects and can perform such judgments.


Forum: Science In Aesthetics?, Editorial Office Jan 2004

Forum: Science In Aesthetics?, Editorial Office

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

This inaugurates a new feature of Contemporary Aesthetics, a forum in which specific issues or themes in aesthetics can be discussed, debated, and developed. The first of these, "Science in Aesthetics?," comes from an interest that emerged at the XVIth International Congress of Aesthetics held in Rio de Janeiro during July 2004.