Homo Aestheticus Where Art Comes From and Why

Heftet / 1992 / Engelsk

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9780295974798
Publisert
1992
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University of Washington Press
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05, 01, UP, G, UU
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Engelsk
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Heftet
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320
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476 gr
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235 mm
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156 mm
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Homo Aestheticus Where Art Comes From and Why

Heftet / 1992 / Engelsk
"Dissanayake argues that art was central to human evolutionary adaptation and that the aesthetic faculty is a basic psychological component of every human being. In her view, art is intimately linked to the origins of religious practices and to ceremonies of birth, death, transition, and transcendence. Drawing on her years in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea, she gives examples of painting, song, dance, and drama as behaviors that enable participants to grasp and reinforce what is important to their cognitive world."-Publishers Weekly"Homo Aestheticus offers a wealth of original and critical thinking. It will inform and irritate specialist, student, and lay reader alike."-American AnthropologistA thoughtful, elegant, and provocative analysis of aesthetic behavior in the development of our species-one that acknowledges its roots in the work of prior thinkers while opening new vistas for those yet to come. If you're reading just one book on art anthropology this year, make it hers."-Anthropology and Humanism
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Discusses the place of art in human evolution and in the future
Preface to the 1995 Edition Preface to the Original Edition Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Why Species-Centrism? 2. Biology and Art: The Implications of Feeling Good 3. The Core of Art: Making Special 4. Dromena, or "Things Done": Reconciling Culture and Nature 5. The Arts as Means of Enhancement 6. "Empathy Theory" Reconsidered: The Psychobiology of Aesthetic Responses 7. Does Writing Erase Art? Notes References Index of Names Index of Subjects Credits
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Dissanayake argues that art was central to human evolutionary adaptation and that the aesthetic faculty is a basic psychological component of every human being. In her view, art is intimately linked to the origins of religious practices and to ceremonies of birth, death, transition, and transcendence. Drawing on her years in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Papua New Guinea, she gives examples of painting, song, dance, and drama as behaviors that enable participants to grasp and reinforce what is important to their cognitive world. * Publishers Weekly *Ellen Dissanayake's book is the most forceful rejoinder I've read so far to the trivializing pessimism of postmodernist art theory. -- Kenneth Baker * San Francisco Chronicle *Affirm[s] the idea that art is for life's sake, for the fulfillment of fundamental human needs, and for human survival. . . . She gives us a coherent rationale for funding broadly based arts programs. * Art Therapy *Homo Aestheticus offers a wealth of original and critical thinking. It will inform and irritate specialist, student, and lay reader alike. * American Anthropologist *Homo Aestheticus calls for a counterrevolution in our thinking about art. It is timely, provocative, and immensely valuable. * Philosophy and Literature *
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A wide-ranging essay on the place of art in human evolution and in the future, at once learned and spirited. -- Howard Gardner, Harvard University
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Produktdetaljer

ISBN13
9780295974798
Publisert
1992
Utgiver
Vendor
University of Washington Press
Aldersnivå
05, 01, UP, G, UU
Språk
Product language
Engelsk
Format
Product format
Heftet
Sider
320
Vekt
476 gr
Høyde
235 mm
Bredde
156 mm
Se alle
Forfatter