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The Resource The art instinct : beauty, pleasure, & human evolution, Denis Dutton

The art instinct : beauty, pleasure, & human evolution, Denis Dutton

Label
The art instinct : beauty, pleasure, & human evolution
Title
The art instinct
Title remainder
beauty, pleasure, & human evolution
Statement of responsibility
Denis Dutton
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The Dinka have a connoisseur's appreciation of the patterns and colours of the markings on their cattle. The Japanese tea ceremony is regarded as a performance art. Some cultures produce carving but no drawing; others specialize in poetry. Yet despite the rich variety of artistic expression to be found across many cultures, we all share a deep sense of aesthetic pleasure. The need to create art of some form is found in every human society. In this book, the author explores the idea that this need has an evolutionary basis: how the feelings that we all share when we see a wonderful landscape or a beautiful sunset evolved as a useful adaptation in our hunter-gather ancestors, and have been passed on to us today, manifest in our artistic natures. Why do people indulge in displaying their artistic skills? How can we understand artistic genius? Why do we value art, and what is it for? These questions have long been asked by scholars in the humanities and in literature, but this is the first book to consider the biological basis of this deep human need. This book looks at these deep and fundamental questions, and combines the science of evolutionary psychology with aesthetics, to shed new light on longstanding questions about the nature of art
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dutton, Denis
Dewey number
701/.17
Index
index present
LC call number
BH39
LC item number
.D84 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Aesthetics
  • Art
  • Evolution (Biology)
  • Instinct
Label
The art instinct : beauty, pleasure, & human evolution, Denis Dutton
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0822/2008028304.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-268) and index
Contents
Introduction -- Landscape and longing -- Art and human nature -- What is art? -- "But they don't have our concept of art" -- Art and natural selection -- The uses of fiction -- Art and human self-domestication -- Intention, forgery, Dada : three aesthetic problems -- The contingency of aesthetic values -- Greatness in the arts
Control code
ocn179789556
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
278 p.
Isbn
9781596914018
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008028304
System control number
(OCoLC)179789556
Label
The art instinct : beauty, pleasure, & human evolution, Denis Dutton
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0822/2008028304.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-268) and index
Contents
Introduction -- Landscape and longing -- Art and human nature -- What is art? -- "But they don't have our concept of art" -- Art and natural selection -- The uses of fiction -- Art and human self-domestication -- Intention, forgery, Dada : three aesthetic problems -- The contingency of aesthetic values -- Greatness in the arts
Control code
ocn179789556
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
278 p.
Isbn
9781596914018
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008028304
System control number
(OCoLC)179789556

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