Click & Collect
from 2 Hours*
Last Christmas
delivery dates
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders over £25 Order in time for Christmas 20th December 2nd Class | 22nd December by 3pm 1st Class Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours after you order*
The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution (Paperback)
  • The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution (Paperback)
zoom

The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution (Paperback)

(author)
£9.99
Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 27/05/2010
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
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 The Art Instinct, Denis Dutton 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 sparking and intelligent 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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199580736
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 234 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 18 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Night Sky Month by Month
Added to basket
DK
£14.99
Hardback
Human Universe
Added to basket
Cosmos
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Planets
Added to basket
DK
£22.00
Hardback
How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog
Added to basket
In Defence of Dogs
Added to basket
Sapiens
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Bad Science
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.99
Paperback
Spillover
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Things that Nobody Knows
Added to basket
Periodic Tales
Added to basket
Leviathan
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Sports Gene
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Nature Guide Stars and Planets
Added to basket
Why Does E=mc2?
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.