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Description - The Artful Species by Stephen Davies

The Artful Species explores the idea that our aesthetic responses and art behaviors are connected to our evolved human nature. Stephen Davies analyses the key concepts of the aesthetic, art, and evolution, and explores how they might be related. He considers a range of issues, including the consideration of whether animals have aesthetic tastes; whether art is not only universal but cross-culturally comprehensible; and the idea that our environmental and landscape preferences are rooted in the experiences of our distant ancestors. He argues that art serves as a powerful and complex signal of human fitness, and so cannot be incidental to biology. Indeed, aesthetic responses and art behaviors are the touchstones of our humanity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199658541
ISBN-10: 0199658544
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 167mm x 24mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2012
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies teaches philosophy at the University of Auckland. He writes mainly about aesthetics and the philosophy of art, and has written extensively on the definition of art, the ontological character of artworks, cross-cultural aesthetics, the expression of emotion in art, and the interpretation and evaluation of art. His books include Musical Works and Performances (Clarendon, 2001), Themes in the Philosophy of Music (OUP, 2003), The Philosophy of Art (Blackwell, 2006), Philosophical Perspectives on Art (OUP, 2007), and Musical Understandings (OUP, 2011).

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