SAAP Annual Meeting 2015

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The Esthetics of Habit Development

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The paper will start by looking at the relationship between aesthetics, feeling, and habits. It will then turn to a phenomenological account of feeling. In the course of that discussion, Peirce’s semiotics will be touched on briefly in order to show how feelings are not atomistic but are, rather, involved in a semiotic system that involves the anticipation of law. The perception of law is important for the development of habits because these laws become constitutive for action and thought. This last point, the development of thought from feeling, will then be used to explain the connection between patterns of movement in our environment and patterns of thought that has been demonstrated by some recent research in psychology.


Aaron Massecar    
King's University College at Western University


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