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Evolutionary Aesthetics

Eckart Voland

Published April 10th 2011
ISBN : 9783642078224
Paperback
377 pages
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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 -MoreEvolutionary 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.