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Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Apr;36(2):153. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12001732.

The duality of art: body and soul.

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  • 1School of Management, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8200, USA.


Bullot & Reber (B&R) make a strong case for the role of causal reasoning in the appreciation of artwork. Although I agree that an artistic design stance is important for art appreciation, I suggest that it is a subset of a more general framework for evaluating artworks as the causal extensions of individuals, which includes inferences about the creator's mind, as well as more physical notions of essence.

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