Perceptual principles as the basis for genuine judgments of beauty

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This paper comments on an article by V.S. Ramachandran and William Hirstein (JCS,1999) in which they purport to be identifying the neurological principles of beauty. I draw attention to the way the problem of beauty is construed in the philosophical literature by Mary Mothersill (1984) and Immanuel Kant (Critique of Judgment). I argue that Ramachandran and Hirsteins' principles do not address the problem of beauty because they do not differentiate between the experience of beauty and other closely related phenomena. I then show how one might address the problem of beauty within the framework that they have adopted.
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Critique of Judgment.Kant, Immanuel & Pluhar, Werner S.
Languages of Art.Goodman, Nelson
The Science of Art: A Neurological Theory of Aesthetic Experience.Ramachandran, Vilayanur S. & Hirstein, William
Art and Illusion.Gombrich, E. H.

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The Pleasure of Art.Matthen, Mohan

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