Conferenza ART - Mariagrazia Portera - Università di Firenze
ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) Philosophical Seminar
Prof. Mariagrazia Portera
(University of Florence)
January, 26. at 4 p.m.
Beauty is a habit(us). How the human aesthetic develops
Much attention has recently been given to habits across a wide range of fields of inquiry: philosophers turn to the concept to investigate its significance to the historical development of Western thought; neuroscientists look into the role that habits play in the functioning of the human mind and identify the neural and psychological underpinnings of habitual behaviour; anthropologists, political scientists and sociologists tap into habits as a key notion to explain social dynamics and collective behaviour. For all of these waves that the notion has made in other parts of the humanities and social sciences, there have been so far, however, only a few sustained discussions of habits in conjunction with aesthetics. What is the role of habits in aesthetic experience? How do habits influence and regulate the artistic creative process? Are we, as human beings, homines aesthetici already at birth or, to the contrary, is the aesthetic something that we have to develop – to get habituated to – over time? In this talk I shall try to provide some preliminary insights into the possible interconnections between habits (and niches and nudges) and the human aesthetic attitude.
Mariagrazia Portera is currently Research Fellow in aesthetics at the University of Florence. She was previously was a post-doctoral fellow at the Universities of Rijeka, Berlin, Zagreb. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Florence and She is Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed international online journal “Aisthesis”. She moved from themes and topics concerning the history of Aesthetics between the 18-century and the 19-century in Germany and the German literature (with a focus on the relationship between the life sciences and aesthetics) to themes and topics concerning the history of Darwinism, Charles Darwin's aesthetic theory, contemporary evolutionary biology and neurosciences, gaining therefore a significant intersectoral and interdisciplinary experience.
ART (Aesthetics Research Torino) is a periodic philosophical seminar organized by the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin and the PhD Program FINO.
Prof. Alessandro Bertinetto (University of Turin).
Prof. Federico Vercellone (University of Turin).
Dr. Paolo Furia (University of Turin).
Dr. Lisa Giombini (University Rome 3).
Dr. Gregorio Tenti (FINO Doctoral School).
Dr. Francesca Monateri (Univesity of Pisa)
Dr. Alberto Martinengo (University of Turin)
Dr. Leonardo Pietropaolo (University of Turin)
Dr. Francesca Perotto (FINO Doctora School)
ART addresses different topics of the contemporary debate in Aesthetics: philosophy of beauty, philosophy of the arts, theory of sensory experience, philosophy of image and imagination, and history of aesthetics.
ART is supported by:
Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca sulla Morfologia Francesco Moiso (CIM)
Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale di Logica, Linguaggio e Cognizione (LLC)
Centro Studi Arti della Modernità
Centro Studi Filosofico-religiosi "Luigi Pareyson"
ART is sponsored by:
Italian Society for Aesthetics (SIE)
European Society for Aesthetics (ESA)