Talk at Stony Brook University

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 (12-1pm), Michael Spicher will be giving a talk at the Center for Integration of Business Education & Humanities (CIBEH) in the College of Business at Stony Brook University. This will be done online through Zoom.

The title for the talk is “Aesthetics Matters: A Look at the World Beyond Art.”

And here is the abstract:

Aesthetic taste rose to prominence in the 18th century, and then quickly disappeared. Since the start of the 2000s, scholars have slowly returned to the traditional concepts in aesthetics—beauty, the sublime, and aesthetic experience. Aesthetic taste, however, has lagged behind. I think this happened for two main reasons: aesthetics is too often associated with art alone and taste is thought to have no connection with anything objective. In this talk, I want to show the importance of aesthetics for non-art fields, especially how it pervades popular culture and experience. Additionally, while aesthetic taste is subjective in terms of the feeling of the experience, it’s based on some objective content that is beneficial for businesses appealing to customers.

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