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The essay develops a phenomenological account of everyday aesthetics starting from some concepts put forward by Martin Heidegger. The aim is to understand the very nature of the everyday itself, in all its dullness and greyness, and to point out that there is an aesthetic aspect in the very everydayness. The aesthetics of the everyday is not only "...
How does expertise influence the perception of representational and abstract paintings? We asked 20 experts on art history and 20 laypersons to explore and evaluate a series of paintings ranging in style from representational to abstract in five categories. We compared subjective esthetic judgments and emotional evaluations, gaze patterns, and elec...
This article gives an overview of Finnish aesthetics in the past forty years. I will introduce major figures who have done research in aesthetics and topics that have been investigated. I will divide the field of aesthetics in two: philosophy of art and environmental aesthetics. Especially the latter has gained a lot of prominence in Finnish aesthe...
Heidegger’s philosophy has received radically different readings. These different approaches grow from philosophical differences rooted, at least to some extent, in national philosophical traditions. Although it is not possible any longer to draw strict boundaries between different philosophical traditions by reference to nationality or to language...
UrAMo aims to produce a transformative understanding on the important relationship between aesthetics and mobility by bringing together philosophers, planning theorists, spatial planners, architects, and environmental psychologists working within the field of urban planning. This is a joint research project of University of Helsinki and Aalto University, done in collaboration with the city of Lahti.