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1 The Aesthetic

Stephen Davies

in The Artful Species: Aesthetics, Art, and Evolution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199658541
eISBN:
9780191746253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658541.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Science

This chapter defends a broad view of the aesthetic—experiences of the beautiful or the sublime—against two widely accepted alternatives. The first equates the aesthetic with all pleasurable ... More


2 The Nature of Art

Stephen Davies

in The Artful Species: Aesthetics, Art, and Evolution

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199658541
eISBN:
9780191746253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199658541.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Science

This chapter proposes that art is pan-cultural and found in every epoch, including prehistory, and rejects the idea that art is confined to recent European culture. “Cluster” accounts, which list ... More


For Oeuvres: Do birds make art?

Vinciane Despret

in What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816692378
eISBN:
9781452954394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816692378.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explores the role of intention in debates on animals creating art, the autonomy and mastery of the art-producing animal, and assumptions of exceptionality and intention rather than ... More


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