The problematic notion of the «aesthetic object» prevents us from understanding the real nature of the aesthetic dimension. Therefore, a survey of the aesthetic relation as a cognitive attitude should take the place of the ontology of the aesthetic object. Such a reversal of perspective has the merit of invalidating the essentialist strategy but may result in disregarding the objectual pole of the aesthetic relation and reducing the notion of aesthetic to a psychological purely internal and subjective process or to a symbolic-interpretative relation. How does an object with an economical, ritual, religious or instrumental purpose works when it gets into an aesthetic relation? Recently, socio-cultural and evolutionary anthropologists have proposed some interpretative categories like «agency» or «artification» that face the question with a praxeological rather than semantic approach.This paper aims to integrate these notions within a expressivist theory of the aesthetic behavior. Starting from a description of perception as an expressive activity and of the aesthetic attitude as a dynamical interplay between emotion and cognition, the purpose is to propose a theory of how an object works in an aesthetic mode, a theory that must be able to escape both pansemiotism and cognitivist and emotivist subjectivism.

La fragilità dell'oggetto estetico

Lorenzo Bartalesi
2014

Abstract

The problematic notion of the «aesthetic object» prevents us from understanding the real nature of the aesthetic dimension. Therefore, a survey of the aesthetic relation as a cognitive attitude should take the place of the ontology of the aesthetic object. Such a reversal of perspective has the merit of invalidating the essentialist strategy but may result in disregarding the objectual pole of the aesthetic relation and reducing the notion of aesthetic to a psychological purely internal and subjective process or to a symbolic-interpretative relation. How does an object with an economical, ritual, religious or instrumental purpose works when it gets into an aesthetic relation? Recently, socio-cultural and evolutionary anthropologists have proposed some interpretative categories like «agency» or «artification» that face the question with a praxeological rather than semantic approach.This paper aims to integrate these notions within a expressivist theory of the aesthetic behavior. Starting from a description of perception as an expressive activity and of the aesthetic attitude as a dynamical interplay between emotion and cognition, the purpose is to propose a theory of how an object works in an aesthetic mode, a theory that must be able to escape both pansemiotism and cognitivist and emotivist subjectivism.
Aesthetic object; Aesthetic experience; expressivism; perception.
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