Evolutionary Aesthetics

Editors: Voland, Eckart, Grammer, Karl (Eds.)

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Evolutionary Aesthetics is the attempt to understand the aesthetic judgement of human beings and their spontaneous distinction between "beauty" and "ugliness" as a biologically adapted ability to make important decisions in life. The hypothesis is - both in the area of "natural beauty" and in sexuality, with regard to landscape preferences, but also in the area of "artificial beauty" (i.e. in art and design) - that beauty opens up fitness opportunities, while ugliness holds fitness risks. In this book, this adaptive view of aesthetics is developed theoretically, presented on the basis of numerous examples, and its consequences for evolutionary anthropology are illuminated.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Grammer, Karl (et al.)

    Pages 1-5

  • Darwinian Aesthetics Informs Traditional Aesthetics

    Thornhill, Randy

    Pages 9-35

  • The Beauties and the Beautiful — Some Considerations from the Perspective of Neuronal Aesthetics

    Breidbach, Olaf

    Pages 39-68

  • The Role of Evolved Perceptual Biases in Art and Design

    Coss, Richard G.

    Pages 69-130

  • From Sign and Schema to Iconic Representation. Evolutionary Aesthetics of Pictorial Art

    Sütterlin, Christa

    Pages 131-170

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolutionary Aesthetics
Editors
  • Eckart Voland
  • Karl Grammer
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-07142-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-07142-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-43670-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-07822-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 380
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