An Attempt at Elucidating a Philosophical Topic: Aesthetic experience of or in the city

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The notion of aesthetic experience attempts to account for an important part of human experience and, although it embraces an immense and multifaceted variety, the complexity and vagueness of which have been an authentic challenge to its definition (to the point that some suggest its conceptual uselessness), it is still crucial and decisive for an entire philosophical discipline: aesthetics – which is not to be confused with the philosophy of art, although it often intersects with it. This chapter considers the case of the city – which is not so much an object as a
multifaceted and fragmented environment where aesthetic experiences can
occur – in order to attempt to elucidate (or at least to make a contribution
to the elucidation of) the meaning and scope of this philosophical topic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConceptual Figures of Fragmentation and Reconfiguration
EditorsNélio Conceição, Gianfranco Ferraro, Nuno Fonseca, Alexandra Dias Fortes, Maria Filomena Molder
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherUniversidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Instituto de Filosofia da NOVA
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-97073-6-8
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Aesthetic Experience
  • Experience of/in the City
  • Trivial Experience
  • Vagueness
  • Fragmentation


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