Sensory Knowledge and Art

Open Angle Books, 2018
ISBN 978-0-9567623-1-3
Available from the author: (£5.00)
Cover illustration by Alice Gillham

In this book, I present an enquiry into relations between sensory experience and the distinctive knowledge that is acquired through art,and develop ideas originally put forward in Forms of Enlightenment in Art, 2010.
In Part 1, sensory perception is related to the constitution of the physical object and to various aspects of inner experience. Consequently, by integrating aesthetics, psychology and metaphysics I illuminate the ways in which art is generated by sensory knowledge.
In Part 2, this theory is demonstrated and elaborated in an interpretation of Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin, Shakespeare’s Sonnets 18 and 5, and Hamlet. Here we see how,in physical art forms,sensory perception leads naturally into sensory expression; how this kind of expression is paralleled in poetry; and how drama explores the intersubjectivity that underpins and informs our experience. Thus, I show that art can assimilate the psychology of sensory perception into its form, and thereby elucidate the self-interested inclinations that commonly bias our perception and understanding.

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