some thoughts on aesthetics (5): pleasure

We looked last week at John Dewey writing on “experience”, and at a work by the Welsh artist Mary Lloyd Jones. The fact that Jones’s work was described as “inviting” brings me to think about “pleasure” in aesthetics. Thinking about direct sensory experience and pleasure in art works has been important in aesthetics, as a […]


thoughts on aesthetics (4) : experience

I’m now going to move on in this series of blog posts on “aesthetics” to take a brief look at John Dewey’s 1934 work, Art as Experience. Dewey opposes Kant’s model of the rational mind (see my previous post), and takes experience as a basis for aesthetic theory. Experience for Dewey involves a stepping out […]