The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, And Human Evolution

February 9, 2010|
The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, And Human Evolution by Denis Dutton
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The Art Instinct combines two of the most fascinating and contentious disciplines, art and evolutionary science, in a provocative new work that will revolutionize the way art itself is perceived. Aesthetic taste, argues Denis Dutton, is an evolutionary trait, and is shaped by natural selection. It''s not, as almost all contemporary art criticism and academic theory would have it, "socially constructed." The human appreciation for art is innate, and certain artistic values are universal across cultures, such as a preference for landscapes that, like the ancient savannah, feature water and distant trees. If people from Africa to Alaska prefer images that would have appealed to our hominid ancestors, what does that mean for the entire discipline of art history? Dutton argues, with forceful logic and hard evidence, that art criticism needs to be premised on an understanding of evolution, not on abstract "theory." Sure to provoke discussion in scientific circles and an uproar in the art world, The Art Instinct offers radical new insights into both the nature of art and the workings of the human mind.
Denis Dutton founded Arts & Letters Daily and continues to edit the website, one of the Guardian''s "best websites in the world," and one of the most heavily trafficked sites anywhere for news and opinion in science, the arts, and politics. He founded and still edits Philosophy and Literature, a highly successful scholarly journal publ...
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Title:The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, And Human Evolution
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:288 pages, 8.19 X 5.56 X 0.8 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 8.19 X 5.56 X 0.8 in
Published:February 9, 2010
Publisher:Bloomsbury USA
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781608190553

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