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[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 2. Aesthetic Attitude]

Full Idea

It was suggested that aesthetic experience isn't solely perceptual. It's infused by a cognitive but non-conceptual process described by Kant as involving the free play of the imagination and the understanding.

Gist of Idea

Aesthetic experience involves perception, but also imagination and understanding


Stephen Davies (The Philosophy of Art (2nd ed) [2016], 1.2)

A Reaction

This fits literature very well, painting quite well, and music hardly at all.

Book Reference

Davies,Stephen: 'The Philosophy of Art (2nd ed)' [Wiley Blackwell 2016], p.7