The Cognitive Semiotics of Cultural Evolution
Edited By David Dunér and Göran Sonesson
Michael Ranta - Chapter Five : Art: On the Evolutionary Foundations of Art and Aesthetics
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Art: On the Evolutionary Foundations of Art and Aesthetics
Traditional attempts to define aesthetic key concepts such as “art,” “aesthetic value,” and “beauty” have frequently meant finding their core characteristics or necessary and jointly sufficient conditions. At the same time, the history of art has been one of more or less radical creativity that has challenged and often departed from suggested essential features of these concepts, and this conceptual openness has become even more acute during the twentieth century. Moreover, art-related concepts such as “beauty” and “aesthetic value” are highly problematic anyway, given their broad applicability within and outside art, and sometimes based on other controversial notions, e.g. “disinterested pleasure” or “aesthetic experience.”
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