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The venture of naturalizing human consciousness/experience has made nice technical strides (e.g., in mapping components of mind activity), yet has been hampered in lots of situations via its uncritical reliance on a dualistic “Cartesian” paradigm (though as many of the authors within the assortment indicate, assumptions drawn from Plato and from Kant additionally play a role). the current quantity proposes a model of naturalism in aesthetics drawn from American pragmatism (above all from Dewey, but additionally from James and Peirce)—one primed from the beginning to work out humans not just as embodied, yet as inseparable from the surroundings they have interaction with—and offers a discussion board for authors from assorted disciplines to handle particular clinical and philosophical concerns in the anti-dualistic framework contemplating aesthetic event as a means of embodied meaning-making. Cross-disciplinary contributions come from major researchers together with Mark Johnson, Jim Garrison, Daniel D. Hutto, John T. Haworth, Luca F. Ticini, Beatriz Calvo-Merino.

The quantity covers pragmatist aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, enactive cognitive technological know-how, literary reviews, psychology of aesthetics, artwork and layout, sociology.

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Architecture vastly employs image-schematic patterns, such as containment, motion along a path, links, verticality, front-back, near-far, centerperiphery [16]. Dance is a symphony of bodily movements and gestures capable of exemplifying every expressive pattern of human motion [27], and this carries over directly into theater performance [22]. Our musical experience and cognition are built on image-schematic patterns [18, 30]. The visual arts utilize the felt qualities, and the bodily logic, of image schemas and concrete images [1, 17].

On the contrary, it is becoming evident that emotions lie at the heart of our ability to grasp the meaning of any situation in which we find ourselves. Emotions emerged evolutionarily in certain animal species as a way of nonconsciously and automatically monitoring an organism’s ongoing relation with its environment and then instituting bodily changes to serve and protect the organism’s interests in survival and wellbeing. In the words of cognitive neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, “emotions provide a natural means for the brain and mind to evaluate the environment within and around the organism, and respond accordingly and adaptively” [9].

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