The Philosophers Zone Darwinian Aesthetics

Denis Dutton discusses his Darwinian theory of the origin of the arts. The first ten minutes is a general discussion about the relevance of Darwinian theory on our day to day life. After that, Dutton details an account of why the creation of art could be an evolutionary adaptation. Topics discussed: Art as a fitness indicator, an evolved general aesthetic preference, our innate positive response to tonality in music, culture vs nature.

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