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Title Phenomenology, Imagination, and Aesthetic Experience
Publication Date
Degree MA
Discipline/Department College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Philosophy
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher Kent State University
Abstract The objective of this thesis is to give a phenomenological account of the relationship between imagination and aesthetic experience. To begin, I give a preliminary sketch of some monumental figures in the area of aesthetics that have influenced phenomenological reflection on art. I then use the philosophy of Mikel Dufrenne to provide the basis of a phenomenological aesthetics, emphasizing the distinction between the work of art and the aesthetic object as well as providing an account of the structure of aesthetic experience. I then turn to Edward Casey's analysis of imagination to argue that the relationship between aesthetic experience and imagination is mutually beneficial. Finally, I apply this line of reasoning to the art of photography to give an example of the reciprocal relationship between imagination and aesthetic experience.
Subjects/Keywords Philosophy; Aesthetics; Art; aesthetics; imagination; philosophy; phenomenology; perception; photography; Immanuel Kant; Hegel; Martin Heidegger; Mikel Dufrenne; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; Edward Casey; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Peter Rea
Contributors Zavota, Gina (Advisor)
Language en
Rights unrestricted ; This thesis or dissertation is protected by copyright: all rights reserved. It may not be copied or redistributed beyond the terms of applicable copyright laws.
Country of Publication us
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Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:kent1398270498
Repository ohiolink
Date Indexed 2020-10-19
Grantor Kent State University

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…aesthetic object. The distinction between the work of art  and the aesthetic object, and the work of art’s need of a spectator, are thus  connected, as Edward Casey explains in his forward to Dufrenne’s Phenomenology:   The work of art is the perduring…

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