Tuesday, April 15, 2008


An autobiographical talk by the painter Patrick Pye. It was recorded at the Church of St. Teresa, Clarendon St., Dublin, in 2007.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Some time ago I came across an essay by V.S. Ramachandran and W. Hirstein on the neurology of artistic experience, and although it seemed to me badly mistaken I was hoping that someone else would answer it before I got round to it. John Hyman did, and very well too.

Ramachandran V. S. and Hirstein W. (1999). The science of art: A neurological theory of aesthetic experience.

John Hyman "Art and neuroscience", reprinted in Beyond Mimesis and Convention, ed. R.P. Frigg and M. Hunter, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 262, Springer 2010. (German translation in Kunst und Kognition, ed. M. Bauer et al, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2006; Greek translation in Neuroestética, ed. Antonio Martín Araguz, 2011.)
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You will find a recent review of this issue on SAGE OPEN by Jason Holt "Neuroaesthetics and Philosophy", also in Journal of Consciousness Studies, 6(6-7), 15-51.
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