Mohan Matthen & Zach Weinstein

Aesthetic Hedonism


Oxford Bibliographies Online


Cynthia Freeland

A New Question about Colour


Philosophers of art have advanced our understanding of the role of colour in realistic representation in painting. This article addresses a new question about how colour functions expressively in art.

I sketch some ways to answer this question, using examples of paintings by Mark Rothko and light art installation works by James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson.


Note that Cynthia acknowledges ArtSense ARC grant support.


75:3 Summer 2017: 231-48.




ArtSense explores how artistic value and meaning are attributed to artworks, and how cultural artefacts and imaginative constructs may be seen to motivate ethical or socially oriented behaviour. Funded by the Australian Research Council over 2015-2017, the project aims to create a forum for sharing expertise between philosophers and artists, particularly on the nature of perception. This will occur through workshops, publications and an app.

The app engages people in thinking about the implicit categories through which they make sense of things. Our objective is to cast light on what makes community possible between people with different cultural commitments. There will be different versions of the app associated with different galleries, events, workshops etc.

Access to the app is currently by invitation only, with a public version to be released at a later stage. If you have been given log-in details, follow the appropriate link below to view the current version:

   2017 WORKSHOP

The 2017 ArtSense Workshop was held in Adelaide, July 3-6, with follow-up events in Melbourne & Sydney.


The Arts & Imagination: the role of metaphors, tropes & images in shaping experience & guiding action

Papers address topics which bear upon the way cultural artifacts acquire meaning and value as an example of the process by which communities establish shared terms of reference.

Call for Open Commentaries

Australasian Philosophical Review

The Australasian Philosophical Review (APR) is the Australasian Association of Philosophy’s (AAP’s) new open peer commentary journal. It publishes invited target articles by authors from all areas of philosophy, together with invited and open peer commentaries on those invited target articles, and authors’ responses to those commentaries.

Each issue has a different curator, chosen by a committee of the AAP; the curator is responsible for the choice of the authors of the invited target article and the invited commentaries. Volume 1 Issue 1 has been curated by Jenny McMahon.

APR cover

Volume 1, Issue 1

Curator: Jennifer McMahon

Theme : Aesthetic Pleasure

Target Author : Mohan Matthen

Target Article : The Pleasure of Art

Invited commentaries from:
Cynthia A. Freeland, Paul Guyer & Robert Sinnerbrink

To view the target article & invited commentaries for future issues, register with APR as an open peer commentator.

APR 1:1 was published online on 26th March 2017. Hard copy to follow.

Note that all libraries which presently subscribe to the Australasian Journal of Philosophy will automatically receive the APR.

About ArtSense

ArtSense brings together philosophers, artists and community, in active engagement on questions of art, value, meaning & ethics. Read about the background to, and aims of, our project.

The team

There are eight people on our research team – 5 philosophers and 3 visual artists, in installation, sculpture and video. The project is led from the University of Adelaide. Meet the team.


Officially entitled Taste and community: the cultural origins of personal experience, ArtSense is in fact a project funded by the Australian Research Council for the period 2015 to 2017.


Our Work

The members of the ArtSense team research, write, create, publish, exhibit etc etc across a wide range of domains. Find out more about our artistic, academic and community work.

Engage with ArtSense

Find out more about the ArtSense Project and its activities, contribute ideas, register to be on our information distribution list.

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