What is Beauty? A Multidisciplinary Approach to Aesthetic Experience
Does art need to be beautiful? Can humour be beautiful? What is the relationship between beauty and mimetic behaviour? What does literature have to do with beauty? What are the limitations of neuroscientific approaches to beauty? Are the experience of beauty and the production of “art” confined to anatomically modern humans? Is the experience of beauty confined to humans at all? These are just some of the questions discussed in this volume. It gathers together authors from different areas of research, including philosophy, history of philosophy, history of ideas, cognitive biology, neuroscience, anthropology and paleoanthropology, in order to investigate some of the most debated aspects of the problem of beauty and aesthetic experience. The volume will appeal to both the general reader and the specialist in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences.
Martino Rossi Monti is a Research Associate at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia. He is the author of one book and co-editor of another and has published over 15 essays in various international journals and volumes. His research interests include pain and violence in the history of ideas, Plotinus and the Platonic tradition and the idea of grace between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance.
Davor Pećnjak is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb, Croatia. He has taught at the Universities of Zadar, Rijeka and Zagreb, Croatia, and is the author of two books and the co-editor of five volumes, including Free Will and Action (with F. Grgić, 2018). His research interests include the problem of free will, philosophy of art, philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion.
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