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The urge to judge: Why the judgmental attitude has anything to do with the aesthetic enjoyment of negative emotions

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Based on arguments from both philosophical and empirical aesthetics, we hereby propose that the enjoyment of negative emotions in art and fiction is distinct from the immediate pleasure deriving from sensory features, because it requires a conscious, intentional attitude toward the object. This attitude is linked with the compelling goal of providing a judgment of liking, beauty, perfection, or similar.

Original languageEnglish
Article number353
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Pages (from-to)e353
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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