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Book chapter

Aesthetic Emotional Experience: From Eye Irritation to Knowledge

P. 163-182.
Nenko A. (.
In this chapter we aim to reveal the cognitive essence of aesthetic emotional  experience gained by individuals in the realm full of evidence - the visual  arts. Though stressing on the sensual and emotional side of cognition, we underline the complexity of the conceptualizations needed ultima analysi for  understanding knowledge creation. In our opinion, description and analysis  of the emotional experience gained through visual arts can be carried out  profoundly in the frames of phenomenological paradigm, for it considers  experience as a complex enterprise of habitation in the world, paying much  attention to its emotional aspects. We regard artwork as a multilayer  formation having material and symbolic dimensions, as well as interactive  dimension that contains subjective positions of the author and the spectator.  The latter are presented as ‘intellectuals’ that involve into a cognitive  practice, constitute a corresponding interactive order and create transpersonal  aesthetic emotional knowledge. Emotions aroused by the artwork include  corporeal sensations and cognitive-evaluative feelings of emotional aesthetic  experience that is intentional and intersubjective. Knowledge arises from  these multiple sources as a super-subjective phenomenon and constitutes a  mode of apprehending the world, an algorithm of sensual transgression from  primary physical feeling of oneself to the symbolic complex intersubjective  emotional realm of concentrated life.

In book

Edited by: N. Basov, A. (. Nenko. Vol. XIX. Amsterdam; NY: Rodopi Press, 2012.