AH HA! So that’s why I always liked John Dewey. He documents an American aesthetic sense and as an American that’s probably why he always made such good sense to me:
“What, then, is an aesthetic experience for Dewey? His account can be regarded as a form of “internalism”, in that it seeks to separate aesthetic experience from other types of experience by looking at its internal qualities, that is, at what aesthetic experience feels like from the inside (Shelley 2009 ).
Aesthetic experience marks for Dewey a unique experience, which shows what experience at its best can be in all quarters of life, not just in art; “esthetic experience is experience in its integrity”.
It is a distinctive kind of experiential condensation within the general stream of experience. It is the most important specimen of a form of experience that Dewey terms “an experience”, often italicizing the indefinite article of this concept to emphasize the standout character of the referred experience. In “an experience” the material of experience is fulfilled, consummated, and forms an integral whole, as for example, when a game is played through, a conversation is rounded out or when we finish “that meal in a Paris restaurant”