Articles about Aesthetics

Another Darwinian Aesthetics
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2016) Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 237-252

I offer a Darwinian perspective on the existence of aesthetic interests, tastes, preferences, and productions. It is distinguished from the approaches of Denis Dutton and Geoffrey Miller, drawing instead on Richard O. Prum's notion of biotic artworlds. The relevance of ...

Varieties of Pictorial Illusion
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2016) Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 265-278

This article focuses on a potentially perplexing aspect of our interactions with pictorial representations (including film, paintings, pictures, drawings, photographs, even video games): in some cases, it seems that visual representations can play tricks on our cognitive faculties. We may ...

Pay Attention
Journal of Singing (2016) Vol. 72, No. 3, pp. 277-278

 

Natural Sounds and Musical Sounds: A Dual Distinction
The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (2016) Vol. 74, No. 3, pp. 291-302

In this article I consider the relationship between natural sounds and music. I evaluate two prominent accounts of this relationship. These accounts satisfy an important condition, the difference condition: musical sounds are different from natural sounds. However, they fail to ...