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Editorial Jan 2015

Editorial

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Landscapes Of Human Experience, Martin Seel Jan 2015

Landscapes Of Human Experience, Martin Seel

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Landscapes of Human Experience, PDF download. This essay begins with some observations concerning the interaction between nature and art. Relying on these reflections, in the second part experience of landscape will be interpreted as a model for the human stance within the natural as well as the historical world. In the third part some consequences for an ethics and politics of saving the conditions for individual as well as social well-being will be drawn.


Listening To Musical Performers, Aron Edidin Jan 2015

Listening To Musical Performers, Aron Edidin

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

In the philosophy of music and in musicology, aprt from ethnomusicaology, there is a long tradition of focus on musical compositions as objects of inquiry. But in both disciplines, a body of recent work focuses on the place of performance in the making of music. Most of this work, however, still takes for granted that compositions, at leas in Western art music, are the primary objects of aesthetic attention. In this paper I focus on aesthetic attention to th performing activity itself. I begin by roughly characterizing what is involve in attending to the performing activity of musical performers. I ...


The Cacaio Project: Education For Environmental, Aesthetic And Moral Development, Atila T. Calvente Jan 2015

The Cacaio Project: Education For Environmental, Aesthetic And Moral Development, Atila T. Calvente

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Economic inequalities, institutional awkwardness, cultural underdevelopment, social exclusion, a fast rate of environmental, ecological, and biodiversity degradation have all been at the root of historic social injustice and structural poverty in Brazil for centuries. Human development and emancipation in this context should be approached as a set of non-formal educational practices to promote better learning and dignity. These would become potent means for reducing material poverty and selfish individual behavior, and for improving holistic modes of education and culture. Non-traditional educational practices can have an important influence in state-run schools, as well as in private schools, by enhancing resilience and ...


What Is Temporal Art? A Persistent Question Revisited, John Powell Jan 2015

What Is Temporal Art? A Persistent Question Revisited, John Powell

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

This article examines the fourteen conditions constituting Levinson and Alperson’s taxonomy of conditions for temporal arts. It claims that some of the conditions and several of the lists of arts exemplifying them need revision. It recommends adding a new condition concerned with the effects of the passage of time on gardens, environmental sculpture, and outdoor installations. The article concludes that gardens may be a model for understanding and appreciating other arts sharing the same bi-(multi-) modality.


Yellowism And Ontology: A Skeptical Analysis, Wesley D. Cray Jan 2015

Yellowism And Ontology: A Skeptical Analysis, Wesley D. Cray

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

When Vladimir Umanets entered the Tate Modern on October 7, 2012 and defaced Rothko's Black on Maroon, he was operating, not as an artist or a vandal, but as a Yellowist. Yellowism is neither art nor anti-art but is instead a supposedly new cultural element that exists for its own sake and is about nothing but the color yellow. It might be tempting to write Yellowism and the Rothko defacement off as a mere prank or as pseudo-intellectual fraud, but I argue that, intentionally or not, the Yellowists have raised issues salient to those invested in both the ontology ...


Performing Politics, Troy R.E. Paddock Jan 2015

Performing Politics, Troy R.E. Paddock

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Walter Benjamin’s observation that fascism turns politics into aesthetics is, by now, a well-worn idea. This article argues that Benjamin’s critique of politics can apply just as much to the modern democratic politics of the United States. Borrowing from Benjamin, Jürgen Habermas, and Carl Schmitt, this article suggests that modern political discourse in the United States does not follow the classical liberal ideal of rational discourse in the marketplace of ideas within the public sphere. Instead, contemporary politics has become spectacle where images and slogans replace thought and debate in a 24/7 news cycle and political infotainment ...


Norms Of Cultivation, Kevin Melchionne Jan 2015

Norms Of Cultivation, Kevin Melchionne

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

In this paper I identify a new group of aesthetic norms, which I call norms of cultivation. Judgments of taste are often accompanied by forecasts or expectations about future aesthetic satisfaction. When we find something beautiful, we expect to find it beautiful in the future. Forecasting is at play in all sorts of aesthetically motivated behavior. Yet psychologists have observed an unreliability in such forecasts. As a result of forecasting error, what we take as our taste can be an unreliable guide in our aesthetic lives. Compensating for the unreliability of taste are norms of cultivation, implicit rules for engaging ...


Longing For Clouds - Does Beautiful Weather Have To Be Fine?, Mădălina Diaconu Jan 2015

Longing For Clouds - Does Beautiful Weather Have To Be Fine?, Mădălina Diaconu

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Any attempt to outline a meteorological aesthetics centered on so-called beautiful weather has to overcome several difficulties: In everyday life, the appreciation of the weather is mostly related to practical interests or reduced to the ideal of stereotypical fine weather that is conceived according to blue-sky thinking irrespective of climate diversity. Also, an aesthetics of fine weather seems, strictly speaking, to be impossible given that such weather conditions usually allow humans to focus on aspects other than weather, which contradicts the autotelic character of beauty. The unreflective equation of beautiful weather with moderately sunny weather and a cloudless sky also ...


Recent Publications Jan 2015

Recent Publications

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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One Song, Many Works: A Pluralist Ontology Of Rock, Dan Burkett Jan 2015

One Song, Many Works: A Pluralist Ontology Of Rock, Dan Burkett

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

A number of attempts have been made to construct a plausible ontology of rock music. Each of these ontologies identifies a single type of ontological entity as the “work” in rock music. Yet, all the suggestions advanced to date fail to capture some important considerations about how we engage with music of this tradition. This prompted Lee Brown to advocate a healthy skepticism of higher-order musical ontologies. I argue here that we should instead embrace a pluralist ontology of rock, an ontology that recognizes more than one kind of entity as “the work” in rock music. I contend that this ...


The Aesthetic Pulse Of The Everyday: Defending Dewey, Kalle Puolakka Jan 2015

The Aesthetic Pulse Of The Everyday: Defending Dewey, Kalle Puolakka

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

In the relatively fragmented field of everyday aesthetics, some issues have gradually become the subject of increasingly heated debate. One of the primary disputes concerns aesthetic experience and how that concept should be understood. This article defends the view that the conception of aesthetic experience developed by John Dewey offers a much more promising foundation for a theory on the aesthetics of everyday life than some scholars have believed.


Annunciations - Figuring The Feminine In Renaissance Art, John M. Carvalho Jan 2015

Annunciations - Figuring The Feminine In Renaissance Art, John M. Carvalho

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

Viewers of Renaissance representations of the Annunciation miss an important irony. Where Mary is figured as unimpressed by Gabriel's proposal, she is upholding a masculinist ideal of female virtue. Where she is figured as delighted by the news, she represents an alternative feminine ideal that continues to be attractive to women and feminists, today. Inspired by the writings of Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva, I figure Mary in Renaissance representations of the Annunciation as contesting an ideal of feminine virtue that would deny her sexual difference and deny her pleasure in fulfilling her role as the bride and mother ...


Notices Jan 2015

Notices

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

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Experience Of Awe: An Expansive Approach To Everyday Aesthetics, Thomas Leddy Jan 2015

Experience Of Awe: An Expansive Approach To Everyday Aesthetics, Thomas Leddy

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

As opposed to Melchionne and Naukkarinen, I defend an expansive definition of everyday aesthetics, one that includes festivals, tourism, and many daily activities of artists and other professionals, along with most ordinary and common experiences. I argue for continuities between aesthetics of everyday life and the aesthetics of art and nature. Looking through a window, for example, may involve aspects of all three. Although I agree with Melchionne that everyday aesthetics is closely related to questions of subjective well-being, I take a more expansive approach to this, drawing from recent psychological studies of the experience of “awe” to stress the ...


Epistemic Function And Ontology Of Analog And Digital Images, Aleksandra Lukaszewicz Alcarez Jan 2015

Epistemic Function And Ontology Of Analog And Digital Images, Aleksandra Lukaszewicz Alcarez

Contemporary Aesthetics (Journal)

The important epistemic function of photographic images is their active role in construction and reconstruction of our beliefs concerning the world and human identity, since we often consider photographs as presenting reality or even the Real itself. Because photography can convince people of how different social and ethnic groups and even they themselves look, documentary projects and the dissemination of photographic practices supported the transition from disciplinary society to the present-day society of control. While both analog and digital images are formed from the same basic materia, the ways in which this matter appears are distinctive. In the case of ...