Seminario del Prof. Jérôme Dokic

«Narration, the self, and aestehtic immersion», Seminario que Jérôme Dokic (Institut Jean Nicod,EHESS-PSL) impartirá en la sede del Doctorado en Filosofía de la Universidad Nacional de San Martín (Edificio Volta, Av. Pres. Roque Sáenz Peña 832/844, Piso4) del lunes 27 al jueves 30 de noviembre de noviembre.

La actividad cuenta con el auspicio del Programa de Estudios en Filosofía del Arte del Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas (UA CONICET).…/narration-the-self-a…/




Doctoral seminar

Narration, the self, and aesthetic immersion

Jérôme Dokic

(Institut Jean-Nicod, EHESS-PSL)



1) What is affective imagination?

The relationship between imagination and emotion is complex. Drawing from Peter Goldie’s account of imaginings as “mental narratives”, I suggest that affective imagination involves three distinct levels of epistemic and emotional perspectives, corresponding to the author (the imagining subject), the imagined character (if there is one) and what I call the “virtual narrator”, who paints the imaginary world in a specific emotional light. I show how the present account of affective imagination can be used to shed light on the vexed notion of affective memory, which points to an emotional way of representing one’s own past.


2) The sublime and the self

The sublime emerges in the history of philosophy as the object of an aesthetic experience contrasted with the aesthetic experience of the beautiful. In the light of recent psychological and neuroscientific studies, I suggest that the sublime gives rise to an aesthetic experience that, contrary to the experience of the beautiful, involves a diminished sense of the self. More precisely, sublimity experiences are immersive and blur the distinction between the self and the world. This claim has implications for a central question about the sublime, namely whether it is restricted to natural scenes or extends to artworks. I claim that in favourable conditions, art can elicit sublimity experiences.


3) Imaginative immersion I: pictures

What does it take to be imaginatively immersed in (static or dynamic) pictures? What is the relationship between imaginative immersion in pictures and Richard Wollheim’s notion of seeing-in? I draw on previous work about so-called “noetic feelings” and sketch an account of imaginative immersion in terms of a belief-independent feeling of reality or presence. I contrast this account with various enactivist attempts to explain our special relationship with pictures by means of the notion of sensorimotor contingencies.

4) Imaginative immersion II: virtual reality and other devices

In this lecture, I take on the notion of imaginative immersion developed in the previous lectures and apply it to immersive devices used for either therapeutic or artistic purposes. I start with an account of sensory substitution devices based on the dualism between sensory content and the feeling of presence. I then turn to other immersive devices used by artists to provoke a specific type of experience. A taxonomy of immersive devices will eventually be offered.



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Van Gerwen, Rob (ed.), Richard Wollheim on the Art of Painting: Art as Representation and Expression, Cambridge University Press, 2001

Wollheim, Richard, “What makes representational painting truly visual?”, Supplement to the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 77:1 (2003): 131-147.

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_____, On Art and the Mind, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1973




Monday 27 to Thursday 30 November, 2017

16-20 hs

Edificio Volta

Av. Pres. Roque Sáenz Peña 832/844



Seminar organized under the auspices of the Centro de Investigaciones Filosóficas (UA CONICET)





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