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Whitehead's Theory of Sense-Perception and Its Aesthetic Implications

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2015, 44(), pp.163-189
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : June 30, 2015

Cho Kyung Jin 1

1홍익대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper challenges the aesthetics which intentionally or tacitly accept the assumption of representational theory of sense-perception originated from modern philosophy. My main points in this paper are as follows. The nature of sense-perception is primitively emotional, while it is presented in the form of mere impression or conceptual representation without any subjective form in conscious perception. This is because sense-emotions based on physical and bodily operations lead to a qualification and an abstraction by both bodily and mental operation. However, what matters is the fact that the emotional characteristics of sense-emotions do not disappear in conscious sensuous perception. In this view, regarding color as non-aesthetic, nonemotional, immaterial give cause for rendering emotions aroused by that color arbitrary or conventional at best. This overintellectualizes art eventually. But if we reconsider the nature of sense-perception from the Whiteheadian perspective, we can put physical and bodily foundation on emotional factors of aesthetic experiences.

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