Editor and Project Coordinator: Alfonsina Scarinzi, Dr. phil.
Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind: Beyond Art Theory and the Cartesian Mind-Body Dichotomy
Preface by Dr. phil. Alfonsina Scarinzi (editor)
Art and aesthetic meaning mark the fulfillment of nature in experience and of experience in meaning.
It is there that the capacities of the world to achieve the interpenetration of sense and value in human life are realized.
Thomas M. Alexander on John Dewey's Theory of Art
Call for Papers (CLOSED)
In his work The Meaning of the Body philosopher Mark Johnson argues that aesthetics is not just art theory. Rather, it should be considered to be the study of everything that goes into the human capacity to make and experience the bodily pre-linguistic cognitive, emotional and sensory-perceptual conditions of meaning constitution having its origins in the organic activities of living creatures and in their organism-environment transactions. In this way he rejects both the Kantian view of aesthetics according to which aesthetics is nonconceptual and incapable of giving rise to knowledge and the mind/body dichotomy that underlies it. Johnson introduces the embodied mind thesis into aesthetics.
The embodied mind thesis that is usually traced back to the work The Embodied Mind by Varela & Thompson & Rosch denies a separation of mind and body, sees meaning, reason and imagination as embodied and ties reason to emotion. In other words, experience and cognition are bodily mediated and depend on the sensorimotor capacities of individuals embedded in a biological, psychological and cultural context that interact with the environment in a relation of co-determination.
With the purpose of evaluating, exploring and putting into focus the impact of the embodied mind thesis on aesthetics as well as its breadth and relevance for the field we are creating an edited volume with the title Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind.
We seek contributions which are firmly based on the embodied mind thesis and use it as a framework for investigating the role of aesthetics in the study of how humans make and experience meaning. Papers from psychology of aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, empirical aesthetics, computational aesthetics as well as from literary aesthetics and pragmatist aesthetics are welcome.
We take both theoretical and empirical contributions into consideration.
The language of the proposed publication is English. Prospective contributors are invited to send their initial proposals (500 words abstract) by March 15, 2012 to the following email address: alfonsinascarinzi[at]googlemail.com. The invited essays (7500 words) are to be submitted by 15th December 2012.
Dr. phil. Alfonsina Scarinzi (editor)
Deadline for chapter abstract submission: 15th March 2012 (THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED)
Notification of acceptance (for inclusion in the review process of the volume): 22nd March 2012 (instead of 15th April 2012)
DUE TO THE HIGH INTEREST GENERATED BY THIS CALL FOR PAPERS THE NOTIFICATIONS OF ACCEPTANCE (for inclusion in the review process of the volume) OR REJECTION WERE SENT OUT ON 22nd MARCH 2012.
Deadline for invited chapters (for inclusion in the review process of the volume): 15th December 2012