A psycho-historical research program for the integrative science of art

Nicolas J. Bullot*, Rolf Reber

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    Abstract

    Critics of the target article objected to our account of art appreciators' sensitivity to art-historical contexts and functions, the relations among the modes of artistic appreciation, and the weaknesses of aesthetic science. To rebut these objections and justify our program, we argue that the current neglect of sensitivity to art-historical contexts persists as a result of a pervasive aesthetic-artistic confound; we further specify our claim that basic exposure and the design stance are necessary conditions of artistic understanding; and we explain why many experimental studies do not belong to a psycho-historical science of art.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)163-180
    Number of pages18
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Volume36
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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