IP Aesthetics Forum: Enactive Aesthetics: Philosophical Reflections on Artful Minds

Dan Hutto (Hertfordshire/Wollongong)
Speakers Abstract:

The arrival of embodied, enactive and extended accounts of minds has sparked interest in how such new thinking about minds might influence and reshape our thinking about the production and appreciation of art. This paper clarifies why radically enactive approach to aesthetics ought to be favoured. This is achieved in three stages. First, a properly enactive vision of aesthetics is distinguished from weaker, embodied and extended accounts of art. The latter are shown to be compatible with the strongest and most ambitious versions of internalism about artful minds . Second, the commitments of ambitious versions of neuroaesthetics – theories that attempt to understand artful minds as wholly internal and neurally based – are examined. It is revealed that ambitious neuroaesthetic theories, those that endorse the representational theory of mind and essentialism about art, are incompatible with a radically enactive aesthetics. Third, an analysis is provided to show how commitment to representationalism of a Cartesian stripe is the true source of the internalist and disembodied vision of artful minds promoted by ambitious neuroaesthetic theories. Finally, general arguments – provided in other works – are presented for favouring anti-representationalist radical enactivism over the theories of mind assumed by ambitious neuroaesthetic theories.

16 October 2013, 16:00 - 18:00

Event Type:
STB8 (Stewart House, basement)
Venue Details:

Stewart House
University of London
32 Russell Square 
London WC1B 5DN


Supported by the British Society of Aesthetics