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What is art? A methodological framework for a pluridisciplinary investigation

Abstract : Over the last decades, disciplines such as cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology and the neurosciences have shown an increasing interest for art. It remains unclear what kind of relation these "young disciplines" should have with more traditional endeavors and, more generally, in which way they can enrich our understanding of art. In this paper, I lay down the foundations of a methodological framework which distinguishes between three basic topics: (1) the investigation of the cognitive phenomena elicited by the experience of things that we call 'artworks', (2) the investigation of the psychological structures determining the intuitive categorization of something as art and (3) the study of the intuitions and arguments used to build justifications about whether something is a work of art. Each of these topics can benefit from the cognitive approaches, provided that some specific methodological recommendations are respected.
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Alessandro Pignocchi, Alessandro Pignocchi. What is art? A methodological framework for a pluridisciplinary investigation. Cognitive semiotics, 2009, pp.122-135. ⟨ijn_00643459⟩



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