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An Animal in Search of Stimulation for Pleasure and Need: Two Stories on the Forces that Drive Us Toward Art and Aesthetics

Henrik Hogh-Olesen

in The Aesthetic Animal

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190927929
eISBN:
9780190927950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190927929.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The chapter begins with the most basic driving forces behind the aesthetic impulse: the human animal’s ecological living conditions and our ultimate species characteristics as neophile and ... More


Fiction and Narrative: The Function of Symbolic Aesthetics

Henrik Hogh-Olesen

in The Aesthetic Animal

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190927929
eISBN:
9780190927950
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190927929.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Humans also create stories and dramatic settings that deal with the theme of what it means to be human. Humans live in narratives, and narratives are everywhere. This chapter looks at why humans ... More


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