Experimental Aesthetics Workshop (University of Leeds)


There will be a workshop at the University of Leeds in November that will consider the relevance of recent work in experimental philosophy for aesthetics. The workshop is part of a larger Arts & Humanities Research Council-sponsored project called “Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: the Challenge from the Sciences.” The description of this research project (directed by Gregory Currie, Philosophy, University of Nottingham) is posted on the AHRC website, and can be accessed by clicking here.

(Related posts: “What is Experimental Philosophy?“; “Rachana Kamtekar on Social Psychology and Virtue Ethics“; “NDPR Review of Appiah’s Experiments in Ethics.)

Here is an announcement of the workshop, which was circulated on the ASA’s email list:

Experimental Aesthetics Workshop
9th November 2009 (2pm-5pm)
University of Leeds
Venue: Leeds Humanities Research Institute (full address below)

A limited number of places are available for a workshop on experimental philosophy and aesthetics.

Presentations by Prof. Ronald Mallon (Utah), Prof. Gregory Currie (Nottingham) and Prof. Matthew Kieran (Leeds).

Participants will be expected to read the following articles prior to the workshop:

(1) Alexander, J., R. Mallon, et al. (forthcoming). “Accentuate the Negative.” European Review of Philosophy.¬†Available for download here.

(2) Cutting, J (2003) “Gustave Caillebotte, French Impressionism and Mere Exposure” Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 10(2): 319-343.

(3) Masuda, T., R. Gonzalez, et al. (2008). “Culture and Aesthetic Preference: Comparing the Attention to Context of East Asians and
Americans.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 34(9): 1260-1275.

(4) Sosa, E. (2007). “Experimental Philosophy and Philosophical Intuition.” Philosophical Studies 132(1): 99-107.

There is no fee to attend but registration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information please contact Levno Plato at

Sponsored by the AHRC project “Method in Philosophical Aesthetics: the challenge from the sciences” and the Centre for Aesthetics at the University of Leeds.

The Leeds Humanities Research Institute is at 29-31 Clarendon Place, University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT.

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