The Artful Species
Aesthetics, Art, and Evolution
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- A powerful new account of art and evolution
- A leading expert draws together aesthetics and art theory with the scientific study of humans and animals
- Lucid and compelling - no philosophical or scientific background assumed
1: The aesthetic
2: The nature of art
3: The theory of evolution
4: How might the aesthetic, art, and evolution be related?
Introduction to Part Two - The Aesthetic
5: Humans' aesthetic appreciation of nonhuman animals
6: Landscape aesthetics
7: The aesthetics of human beauty
Introduction to Part Three - The Arts
8: General theories of art as an adaptation and the origins of art
9: Art as a spandrel
10: Art as a technology
11: Arts as adaptations
Stephen Davies, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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).