Title
Aesthetic attention Aesthetic attention
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Thoverton ,
Subject
Philosophy
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of consciousness studies. - Thoverton, 1994, currens
Volume/pages
22(2015) :5-6 , p. 96-118
ISSN
1355-8250
ISI
000355892400005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
The aim of this paper is to give a new account of the way we exercise our attention in some paradigmatic cases of aesthetic experience. I treat aesthetic experience as a specific kind of experience and, like in the case of other kinds of experiences, attention plays an important role in determining its phenomenal character. I argue that an important feature of at least some of our aesthetic experiences is that we exercise our attention in a specific, distributed, manner: our attention is focused on one perceptual object, but it is distributed among the various properties of this object. I argue that this way of exercising one's attention is very different from the way we attend most of the time and it fits very well with some important features of paradigmatic examples of aesthetic experience.
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