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Two sciences of perception and visual art: editorial introduction to the Brussels Papers

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Two kinds of vision science are distinguished: a representational versus a nonrepresentational one. Seeing in the former is conceived of as creating an internal replica of the external world, while in the latter seeing is taken to be a process of active engagement with the environment. The potential of each theory for elucidating artistic creation and aesthetic appreciation is considered, necessarily involving some comments on visual consciousness. This discussion is intended as a background against which various themes of the papers light up.
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Keywords: Vision; action; art; embodiment; perception; representation

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Centrum voor Empirische Epistemologie, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B1050 Brussel, Belgie.

Publication date: 2000-08-01

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