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dc.contributor.authorKingsbury, Justine
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-15T20:44:56Z
dc.date.available2011-02-15T20:44:56Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationKingsbury, J. (2009). (R)evolutionary aesthetics: Denis Dutton’s The art instinct: beauty, pleasure and human evolution. Biology, Social Science and Law, 26(1), 141-150.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10289/5052
dc.description.abstractDenis Dutton’s ‘‘The Art Instinct’’ succeeds admirably in showing that it is possible to think about art from a biological point of view, and this is a significant achievement, given that resistance to the idea that cultural phenomena have biological underpinnings remains widespread in many academic disciplines. However, his account of the origins of our artistic impulses and the far-reaching conclusions he draws from that account are not persuasive. This article points out a number of problems: in particular, problems with Dutton’s appeal to sexual selection, with his discussion of the adaptation/by-product distinction and its significance, and with drawing normative conclusions from evolutionary hypotheses.en_NZ
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dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSpringeren_NZ
dc.relation.urihttp://www.springerlink.com/content/4391667427067t17/en_NZ
dc.rightsThis is an author’s accepted version of an article published in the journal: Biology, Social Science and Law. © 2009 Springer. The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com.en_NZ
dc.subjectevolutionary aestheticsen_NZ
dc.subjectarten_NZ
dc.subjectnatural selectionen_NZ
dc.subjectsexual selectionen_NZ
dc.subjectadaptationen_NZ
dc.title(R)evolutionary aesthetics: Denis Dutton’s The art instinct: beauty, pleasure and human evolutionen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10539-010-9223-5en_NZ


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