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date: 12 May 2021

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As we move beyond earlier postmodern era debates about the alleged death of aesthetics, Art as Experience remains a key resource for multidisciplinary discussions of “everyday aesthetics,” the aesthetics of embodiment, and the dialogue between pragmatist and other traditions such as Adornean Critical Theory. Dewey’s book focuses on what artists and audiences do, but it also presupposes his view of inquiry as a kind of transformative agency. In this way Dewey’s argument suggests a further view about the nonrepresentational nature of aesthetic theorizing itself. Such theorizing occurs—to use a metaphor with multiple Deweyan-pragmatist resonances—on a landscape of different possible linkages between belief and behavior. After addressing the aforementioned subjects, this chapter concludes with further thoughts about how the metaphor of aesthetic theorizing as a “landscape” invites further discussion of the place of art and aesthetic theorizing within the developing natural order as understood by Dewey in Experience and Nature.

Keywords: art, experience, everyday aesthetics, pragmatist aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, environmental aesthetics, Dewey’s aesthetics, Adorno

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