The Function of Reason in Aesthetic Experience

Vlastimil Zuska


The study considers Whitehead’s conception of the Reason (articulated especially in his The Function of Reason) as a regulative factor in every aesthetic experience along with Whitehead’s opinion of the basic aesthetic character of every experience. These thoughts are compared with contemporary findings of neuroaesthetics and the Reception aesthetics, in order to demonstrate how stimulating Whitehead’s philosophy is even for the present-day aesthetics.

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TEORIE VĚDY / THEORY OF SCIENCE – journal for interdisciplinary studies of science is published twice a year by the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Centre for Science, Technology, and Society Studies). ISSN 1210-0250 (Print) ISSN 1804-6347 (Online) MK ČR E 18677 web: /// email: