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The monograph is focused on the subjectivity of aesthetic experience and the problem of rational interpretation of emotionality. The text studies why does an aesthetic experience exist, what is its content and what is its informational role and structure? Has beauty any cognitive value? Can we analyse beauty? In what sense we can think about the information content of aesthetic experience? The second topic of the book is a cognitive role of emotionality and its research. Why we have emotions? What can they tell us about yourself and about the world?
The methodology of the study is designed as a phenomenological research of subjective experience that is combined with the newest results in Cognitive science research.
Andrej Démuth and Michaela Rušinová
In the book, we shall attempt to focus attention on two basic factors of aesthetics as a philosophical discipline. The first is the presentation of the fundamental historical concepts within the aesthetics of German idealism with some crucial concepts, ideas and constructs highlighted which are characteristic of its leading representatives. The second aim is discussions regarding the structure of sensuality and the sources of feelings of pleasure and its relationship to the higher cognitive functions in aesthetic judgements, the structure and nature of the neuronal correlates of aesthetic experience, the individual and socially conditioned creation of an ideal, but also the influence of various social beliefs on the formation of taste in recent cognitive-aesthetical research.
Edited by Andrej Démuth
The book is a second volume of the project, which is focused on a systematic examination of aesthetic experience by the unification of philosophical and cognitive-scientific approaches to beauty and aesthetic experience. This volume is focused on the analysis of selected aspects of aesthetic experience, especially on methodological problems and aspects of philosophical and scientific research, the question of the complementarity and compatibility of methods, and needs to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. Authors of the chapters are considering about diverse areas of perception of beauty, e.g.: pleasure by face perception; the synchronicity by music; the problems of musical chills; the psychosomatic unity of dance; or the problem of development of aesthetic appreciation.
Uniting the Philosophy and Cognitive Studies of Aesthetic Perception
Edited by Andrej Démuth
The presented book is a direct sequel to the previous collections of studies “The Cognitive Aspects of Aesthetic Experience - Introduction” (2017) and “The Cognitive Aspects of Aesthetic Experience – Selected Problems” (2019), and represents the culmination of the project which examines whether it is possible to identify the cognitive aspects or purposes in aesthetic judgments and in the perception of beauty, and whether it is possible to meaningfully establish cognitive aesthetics as a unified scientific discipline (philosophy united with a cognitive approach), studying the epistemic background of beauty and art.
An Attempt to Link the Cognitive and Philosophical-Spiritual Aspects of Beauty
Andrej Démuth, Slávka Démuthová and Adrián Slavkovský
The monograph outlines the dual role of mathematics in relation to beauty. On one hand mathematics refers to an objective, through mathematical formulas expressible side of beauty. On the other hand, it points out that entirely abstract things like mathematical equations can be seen as beautiful, too. This refers to two aspects of beauty. 1. The biological, evolutionary: our brains react to certain aesthetic stimuli in scientifically adequately explainable way. 2. Philosophical spiritual: This shows a connection of beauty with goodness and being. To such a perception we can mature. Handed down wisdom can be mentioned as a hint: You cannot find beauty, if you don’t carry it in yourself. Such an analysis can help us understand why we use the word beauty in so many different ways.
Voices from four postcommunist Central and East European countries
Edited by Peter Sýkora
Emerging technologies are defined as fast-growing radically novel technologies with an estimated prominent impact on human society in the future. The ambiguity and uncertainty of emerging technologies at the same time raise techno-optimistic expectations, as well as serious worries about possible unwanted and unpredicted negative consequences following their introduction into wider practice. And because of their radical novelty, emerging technologies also challenge various traditional philosophical and ethical concepts, established risk assessment methods, science and technology governance and policies, science to public communication and practices within and outside the medical domain. The aim of this volume is to present the view of ten authors from four postcommunist Central and East European countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Latvia) on emerging technologies and human enhancement. They analyse the topic from various perspectives: anthropological, ethical, philosophical, ontological, empirical, and legal. A variety of views will contribute to a development of the discourse on technology assessment in their countries, help to make the process of national policy and law formation more active and less “mimetic”, and open the national discourses to international discussion and critical analysis.
An Experiential Method
Edited by Sunnie D. Kidd, Jim Kidd and Omar S. Alattas
Hermeneutic Research: An Experiential Method presents a method to investigate lived experiences. In doing so, this book integrates a broad range of philosophical topics, such as hermeneutics, the philosophy of consciousness, and the philosophy of being. We are conscious beings. Through every act of consciousness, something is presented to the experiencing person. Something—a theme—stands in the focus of attention. Within the dimensional human consciousness, this theme is related to other thoughts, a process that includes certain aspects of the theme and excludes others from conscious experience.
The foundational conviction of the experiential method detailed in this book is that thought is not static in its ultimate nature but organically dynamic. Thought uncovers its internal endlessness through time as its medium, just as the small seed uncovers the unity of a tree through soil as its medium. Thought, as a dynamic self-revealing phenomenon, uncovers itself as a series of understandings that cannot be interpreted except through reciprocal reference. Meaningfulness, therefore, is not contained in self-identity but in the larger whole in which it is a specific part. Wholeness contains possibilities of knowledge as present realities revealing themselves, through human choices and experiences, in temporal progression to reach a unity that is already contained in them. This infinite movement of knowledge thus reveals the possibility intrinsic to finite thought. Intuition, as wholistic apprehension, is movement that could acknowledge and reach an immanent infinite, of which the finite concepts of comprehension and cognition are only momentums.
Überlegungen zur Naturgeschichte von Religion und Religionen
Edited by Ulrich Beuttler, Hansjörg Hemminger, Markus Mühling and Martin Rothgangel
Religion gehört zum Menschen und seiner Geschichte. Wenn «Homo sapiens» durch Evolution aus der Tierwelt entstand, gilt das auch für seine Kultur und Religion. Wie stellen sich Kultur- und Naturwissenschaftler heute den Gang dieser Evolution vor? Die Antworten sind strittig, sie reichen von einfachen «darwinistischen» Erklärungen bis zu mehrdimensionalen Modellen. Und was folgt aus der evolutionären Entstehung der Religion für die christliche Theologie, was folgt für den glaubenden Menschen? Die Beiträge dieses Buchs geben Antworten und führen zu neuen Fragen.
Music, Spirituality and Christian Theology
Edited by June Boyce-Tillman, Stephen Roberts and Jane Erricker
The relationship between Christian theology and music has been complex since the early days
of the Church. In the twentieth century the secularization of Western culture has led to further
complexity. The search for the soul, following Nietzsche’s declaration of the Death of God has
led to an increasing body of literature in many fields on spirituality. This book is an attempt
to open up a conversation between these related discourses, with contributions reflecting a
range of perspectives within them. It is not the final word on the relationship but expresses a
conviction about their relationship. Collecting together such a variety of approaches allows new
understandings to emerge from their juxtaposition and collation. This book will contribute to
the ongoing debate between theology, spirituality, culture and the arts. It includes contexts with
structured relationships between music and the Church alongside situations where spirituality
and music are explored with sometimes distant echoes of Divinity and ancient theologies
reinterpreted for the contemporary world.