Aesthetics and Evolution

Nancy Aiken

Abstract


Starting from the assumption that art, being a pervasive human behaviour across time and  space, must have an evolutionary adaptive purpose, the Author claims in this paper that  art making has evolved as a behaviour that serves to bind individuals together into cooperative groups. In more detail, the Author demonstrates here the adaptive value of  art behaviour by showing how art can evoke fear and how it can evoke pleasure.

Keywords


evolutionary aesthetics; origin of art; pleasure; cooperative behaviour; adaptation

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-13769



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