The Aesthetic Experience of Dewy, Stolinz, and Bullough


When aesthetic experience is studied in the context of relating to an actual object of art, one can retrace the steps of how the interaction formed from start to finish. In this task, the quality of interactions also seems to be distinguished. And so the question of mapping out an experience and the kinds of interactions acted towards art can diverge towards two conclusions. Herein lies the question I attempt to answer; do we actively engage with art to experience it aesthetically, or do we distance ourselves so that we can perceive the objects of our attention clearly? Here we can arrive at the explanations that are written in the works of Dewey and the likes of Stolnitz and Bullough. I look to use these explanations of aesthetic experience in a description of the Eric Clapton song “Tears in Heaven” while also giving scope to how they may complete each other and arrive at being objective in message.