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Author Davies, Stephen, 1950-
Title The artful species : aesthetics, art, and evolution / by Stephen Davies.
Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Edition 1st ed.

Author Davies, Stephen, 1950-
Subject Aesthetics.
Art -- Philosophy.
Human evolution.
Art -- Psychological aspects.
Cultural Evolution -- history.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 301 pages) : illustrations
Edition 1st ed.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Note Print version record.
Contents The aesthetic -- The nature of art -- The theory of evolution -- How might the aesthetic, art, and evolution be related? -- Humans' aesthetic appreciation of nonhuman animals -- Landscape aesthetics -- The aesthetics of human beauty -- General theories of art as an adaptation and the origins of art -- Art as a spandrel -- Art as a technology -- Arts as adaptations.
Summary Stephen Davies explores the idea that art, and our aesthetic sensibilities more generally, should be understood as an element in human evolution. He asks: Do animals have aesthetics? Do our aesthetic preferences have prehistoric roots? Is art universal? What is the biological role of aesthetic and artistic behaviour?
ISBN 9780191633119 (electronic bk.)
0191633119 (electronic bk.)
9781283919166 (MyiLibrary)
1283919168 (MyiLibrary)
9780191746253 (ebook)
0191746258 (ebook)
OCLC # 823319359
Additional Format Print version: Davies, Stephen. Artful species. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012 9780199658541 (OCoLC)801589118

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