Vol. 10 No. 2 (2017): Italian Aesthetics / Estetica italiana (1861-1945)

Croce, Gemelli e l’estetica sperimentale

Luciano Mecacci
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Published December 28, 2017
  • Experimental aesthetics,
  • psychology,
  • golden section,
  • Benedetto Croce
How to Cite
Mecacci, L. (2017). Croce, Gemelli e l’estetica sperimentale. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 10(2), 47-51. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-22407


The experimental approach to aesthetics, proposed by Gustav Fechner, was discussed in Italy at the beginning of the Twentieth century from different point of views. Benedetto Croce severely criticized experimental aesthetics by considering it as reductionist and naturalist. In contrast, the psychologist Agostino Gemelli stated the experimental validity and the theoretical relevance of this research perspective in determining the laws of aesthetic preference and judgment.


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