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Aesthetics in Dialogue

Applying Philosophy of Art in a Global World

Edited By Zoltan Somhegyi and Max Ryynänen

The impact of aesthetics is increasing again. For today’s scholars, aesthetic theories are a significant companion and contribution in studying and ana-lysing cultural phenomena and production. Today’s scene of aesthetics is more global than what it is in most disciplines, as it does not just include scholars from all over the world, but also keeps on applying philosophical traditions globally
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18 What Kind of Aesthetics Are We Looking for and Why? (Adrián Kvokačka)

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Adrián Kvokačka

AbstractAesthetics today still persists to be a marginal part of the humanities. This adversity can be broken by intensive efforts within the humanities or outwardly through co-opting aesthetics as a discipline vigorously going beyond its conventional concept (that is being a science of beauty and art). Updating its framework to everyday aesthetics, in which aesthetics necessarily cooperates with other sciences, is a way to ensure its meaningful acceptance by society and become its living layer of thought. The disciplines also allow the development of the theoretical research of aesthetics not only with its speculative but also practical emphasis. Reflections on interdisciplinarity are confronted with the demand for the autonomy of aesthetics threatened by processes coming from beyond its borders (visual studies, etc.) and attempting to take over its field of research. The topic of discourse and the borders of aesthetics is a defense of the need to persist the identity of aesthetics. Following this requirement, the chapter points out the vital areas of aesthetics beyond art (along with a safe methodological turn of aesthetics itself) that can restore interest in this overlooked discipline and bring it into the current scientific and social discourse, and in this way, participate in the search for contemporary aesthetics for the contemporary world.

Keywords: aesthetics, interdisciplinarity, aesthetic discourse, borders, everyday aesthetics

Finding a meaningful answer to the question may be confusing. Although aesthetics has a place in the areas of knowledge of contemporary humanities, has...

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