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    STUDIA DRAMATICA - Ediţia nr.2 din 2015  


The following study uses as its starting point the ancient battle between philosophy and theatre and takes as a road companions it’s two most famous protagonists: Plato and Aristotle. Taking a close look at their writings, I found not only an answer considering their battle for knowledge, for the encirclement of the spectator’s mind, but also the traces of one ‘predecessor’ of neuroscience – Aristotle. Informed by John Onians’s theories regarding neuroscience, art and history, and also adding neural plasticity as an ingredient, I’ve built my own personal (sup)position regarding catharsis, which I see as a two-fold experience/process - an emotional catharsis and a reasoning, reflexive catharsis. 

Keywords: neuroscience; mirror neurons; catharsis; neuroarthistory; sentimental catharsis; reasoning, reflexive catharsis.


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