Human Psyche Between the Mundane and the Aesthetic: The Sublime as the Arena for Semiosis

  • Jaan Valsiner
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The sublime is the locus of negotiation of the future and the past in the human constructive semiosis. Known since the eighteenth century in European aesthetic philosophy, the sublime has been recognized as the border area of the mundane and the aesthetic. Yet, as a border, its function as the connector of the ordinary and the beautiful domains has been overlooked. I posit that the constructive semiosis as universal human psychological process takes place on that border, allowing the mundane to lead to the beautiful and turning the beautiful into mundane. The result is proliferation of in-between constructions—genetic dramatisms—in the zone of the sublime.


Gefühlston Semiosis Mundane Sublime Aesthetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaan Valsiner
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  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversitetAalborgDenmark

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