Is there an Aesthetic Brain? A brief Essay on the Neuroaesthetic Quantification of beauty

In Joaquim Braga (ed.), eQVODLibet. Coimbra, Portugal: pp. 127-138 (2021)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
It is possible today to determine, with some precision (according to the most recent studies in neuroscience and evolutionary psychology), the areas of the brain and the neural networks involved when an individual contemplates art, when feeling pleasure, or when judging about aesthetic experience. However, many questions remain open. First, the philosophical question about the subjective nature of this kind of judgments. Then, what happens in the mind (or should it be said, in the brain?) of the beholder when contemplating art or judging in favor (or not) of the beauty of an object. And the ultimate question, if we have an aesthetic brain. Another issue that must be addressed is if bioart and especially neuroart can contribute to this analysis and if they can be effectively quantified as art. Thus, this brief essay seeks to provide some understanding about this questions but most importantly about the existence of an aesthetic brain, which may ultimately contribute to open doors to other problems of philosophy such as the hard brain-mind problem.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
Archival date: 2021-06-15
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
28 ( #59,683 of 2,445,677 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
28 ( #24,929 of 2,445,677 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.