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Is Psychology Relevant to Aesthetics? A Symposium


Bence Nanay ,

Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp, D 413, Grote Kauwenberg 18, 2000 Antwerp, BE; Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 1RD, GB
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Murray Smith,

Department of Film, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7UG, GB
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Sherri Irvin,

Department of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019-2006, US
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Elisabeth Schellekens

Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University, Engelska parken, Thunbergsv. 3H, Box 627, 751 26 Uppsala, SE
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The symposium published here began life as a somewhat unusual ‘author meets critics’ session at the British Society of Aesthetics annual conference, at St Anne’s College, Oxford, on 16 September 2016 – unusual inasmuch as the focus was not on a single book, but on two books (Bence Nanay’s Aesthetics as Philosophy of Perception and Murray Smith’s Film, Art, and the Third Culture) exploring different but related themes. In addition, rather than encompassing all the issues these two books address, the session focused on one general question that both books explore in some depth: is psychology relevant to aesthetics?
How to Cite: Nanay, Bence, Murray Smith, Sherri Irvin, and Elisabeth Schellekens. “Is Psychology Relevant to Aesthetics? A Symposium”. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics 56, no. 1 (2019): 87–138. DOI:
Published on 01 Mar 2019.


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