, , et passim. 6 Edward Bullough, ‘Psychical Distance’ as a Factor in Art and an Aesthetic Principle,”. The British Journal of Psychology, V (June. ‘PSYCHICAL DISTANCE’ AS A FACTOR IN ART AND AN AESTHETIC PRINCIPLE. EDWARD BULLOUGH EDWARD BULLOUGH · Search for more papers. Writing in the early 20th century, Edward Bullough produced the idea of ‘ psychical distance’, which combines both personal involvement and an awareness that.

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The lectures are first announced, to begin on 14 Octoberin the Cambridge University Reporter 37, edward bullough psychical distance. Qualitative Social Research[On-line Journal], 2 1. Problems in the philosophy of criticism. For the English rugby player, see Edward Bullough rugby.

Many pictures, plays and poems had, as a matter of fact, rather an expository or illustrating significance – as for instance much ecclesiastical Art – or the force of a direct practical appeal – as the invectives of many satires or comedies – which seem to us nowadays irreconcilable with edward bullough psychical distance aesthetic claims. Were these topics helpful? Psychical distance Bullough capitalises the words is that which, in certain situations, “appears to lie between our own self and its affections, using the latter term in its broadest sense as anything which affects our being”.

Bowes and Bowes,xii.

Generalisations and abstractions suffer under this disadvantage that they have too much edward bullough psychical distance applicability to invite a personal interest in them, and too little individual concreteness to prevent them applying to us in all their force. Storytelling and spirituality in Judaism.

Introducing the Social Processes and Conten Philosophy and Phenomenological Research was founded in by Edward bullough psychical distance Farber, who edited it for forty years.

Its peculiarity lies in that the personal character of the relation has been, so to speak, filtered.

The Evolution of Psychical Distance As an Aesthetic Concept

On the other hand, no work of Art can be genuinely ‘objective’ in the sense in which this term might be applied to a work on history or to a scientific treatise; nor can it be ‘subjective’ in the ordinary acceptance of edward bullough psychical distance term, as a personal feeling, a direct statement of a wish or belief, or a cry of passion is subjective.


Thereby the ‘contemplation’ of the object becomes alone possible.

Already have an account? Vitalism and contemporary thought. His power of distancing, nay, the necessity of distancing feelings, sensations, situations which for the average person are too intimately bound up with his concrete existence to be regarded in esward light, have often quite edward bullough psychical distance earned for him accusations of cynicism, sensualism, morbidness or frivolity.

The myth of the aesthetic attitude. The conception of ‘Distance’ suggests, in edward bullough psychical distance with Art, certain trains bullougb thought by no means devoid of interest or of speculative importance. Fiction as cognitive and emotional simulation. Views Read Edit View history.

The same misconception has arisen over many ‘problem plays’ and ‘problem novels’ in which the public have persisted in seeing nothing but a supposed ‘problem’ of the moment, whereas the author may have been – and often has demonstrably been – able to distance the subject-matter sufficiently to rise above its practical problematic import and to dustance it simply as a dramatically and humanly interesting situation. Nor are they the only pair of opposites.

But, as a matter of fact, the ‘assumption’ upon which the imaginative emotional reaction is based is not necessarily the condition, but often the consequence, of distance; that is to say, the converse of the reason usually stated would then be true: Information theory and figure perception: The sudden view edward bullough psychical distance things from their reverse, unusually unnoticed, side, comes bhllough us as a revelation, and such revelations are precisely those of Art.

No edward bullough psychical distance has been located in the Cambridge University Reporter.

The Evolution of Psychical Distance As an Aesthetic Concept – Gerald C. Cupchik,

Edward bullough psychical distance contrast, often emerging with startling suddenness, is like a momentary switching on of some new current, or the passing dsitance of a brighter light, illuminating the outlook upon edwagd the most ordinary and familiar objects – an impression which we experience sometimes in instants of direct extremity, when our practical interest snaps like a wire from sheer over-tension, and we watch the consummation of some impending catastrophe with the marvelling unconcern of a mere spectator.

It is, for this very reason, also an aesthetic principle. The complementary role of the realist and constructivist viewpoints is emphasized. Distance further provides the much needed criterion of the beautiful as distinct from the merely agreeable.


Information theory and esthetic perception. The Personalist, Winter, 70 — bullougg He will prove artistically most effective in edward bullough psychical distance formulation of an intensely edward bullough psychical distance experience, but he can formulate it artistically only on condition of a detachment from the experience qua personal.

It goes without saying that all experiments and investigations are undertaken out of a personal interest in the science, edward bullough psychical distance the ultimate support of a definite assumption, and involve personal hopes of success; but this does not affect the ‘dispassionate’ attitude of the investigator, under pain of being accused of ‘manufacturing his evidence.

Historically it looks distsnce as if Art had attempted to meet the deficiency of distance on the part of the subject and had overshot distajce mark in this endeavour. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. High and popular culture from the viewpoints of psychology and cultural studies. The British Journal of Aesthetics, 12 117 — Download Citation If you have the appropriate software installed, you can download article citation data to the citation manager of your edwqrd.

The popular arts in America pp. It has been an old problem why the ‘arts of the eye and of the ear’ should have reached the practically exclusive predominance over arts of other senses. Biographia literaria 2 vols. That distance, by changing our relation to the characters, renders them seemingly fictitious, not that the fictitiousness of the characters alters our edward bullough psychical distance toward them.

Bergson and the vitalist controversy pp. Consequently, this distanced view of things is not, and cannot be, our normal outlook. Via Email All fields edward bullough psychical distance required. An inquiry into the original of our ideas of beauty and virtue. Login Through Your Library.

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