Practical Aesthetic Knowledge: Goodman and Husserl on the Possibilities of Learning by Aesthetic Practices

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Title:Practical Aesthetic Knowledge: Goodman and Husserl on the Possibilities of Learning by Aesthetic Practices
Creators:
Laner, Iris; iris dot laner at hiw dot kuleuven dot be; University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52, 2, pp. 164-190
Uncontrolled Keywords:Goodman N., Husserl E., aesthetic experience, practical knowledge

Abstract

In this article I aim to shed light on the question of whether aesthetic experience can constitute practical knowledge and, if so, how it achieves this. I will compare the approaches of Nelson Goodman and Edmund Husserl. Both authors treat the question of which benefits aesthetic experience can bring to certain basic skills. Though one could argue together with Goodman that repeated aesthetic experience allows for a trained and discriminating approach to artworks, Husserl argues that by viewing aesthetic objects we can learn to perceive in a more undiluted fashion and to qualify our own perceptions against the backdrop of the conceptual framework that shapes our everyday experience. As a consequence, aesthetic experience is not to be regarded as something that only contributes to a normatively loaded involvement in the distinct field of the ‘aesthetic’. Reading Goodman with Husserl and vice versa, I will argue in support of a practical aesthetic knowledge account that mediates cognitivist-constructivist and phenomenological concerns and can thus overcome some of their respective shortcomings. The account I present is useful for understanding the practical value of aesthetic experience in and beyond the confined field of the arts.

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Title:Practical Aesthetic Knowledge: Goodman and Husserl on the Possibilities of Learning by Aesthetic Practices
Creators:
Laner, Iris; iris dot laner at hiw dot kuleuven dot be; University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Uncontrolled Keywords:Goodman N., Husserl E., aesthetic experience, practical knowledge
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:52
Number:2
Page Range:pp. 164-190
ISSN:0014-1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:8478
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:30 Nov 2015 18:17
Last Modified:30 Nov 2015 17:17

Citation

Laner, Iris (2015) Practical Aesthetic Knowledge: Goodman and Husserl on the Possibilities of Learning by Aesthetic Practices. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 52 (2). pp. 164-190. ISSN 0014-1291

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