Psychology and Philosophy of Abstract Art

Neuro-aesthetics, Perception and Comprehension

  • Paul M.W.¬†Hackett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Paul M. W. Hackett
    Pages 1-10
  3. Paul M. W. Hackett
    Pages 11-34
  4. Paul M. W. Hackett
    Pages 35-50
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 127-140

About this book


This book examines how we perceive and understand abstract art in contrast to artworks that represent reality. Philosophical, psychological and neuroscience research, including the work of philosopher Paul Crowther, are considered and out of these approaches a complex model is developed to account for this experience. The understanding embodied in this model is rooted in facet theory, mapping sentences and partially ordered analyses, which together provide a comprehensive understanding of the perceptual experience of abstract art.


Perception Neuroscience Facet theory Fine art Mapping sentence aesthetics arts cognition cognitive psychology fine arts neuroscience philosophy psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul M.W.¬†Hackett
    • 1
  1. 1.Emerson CollegeBostonUSA

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