Well in this quite interesting book Denis Dutton neatly sidesteps these issues.
On the whole, this book is great food for thought, and an antidote for many of the "oh come on, now" positions of postmodern discourse.
In examining a cultural universal, like making art, it makes sense to seek an answer from evolution.
I would recommend this product for everyone, interested in art phylosophy! This book is about beauty, pleasure and human evolution.Published 13 months ago by Valentin Kashtelyan
Since the limited reviews I have made over the years the author fit into my preconceived notions nicely. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mary C. Smith
As an artist working almost exclusively in landscapes, with an avid appreciation for the influence of natural selection on human perception, (e.g. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rider
It is an amazing book. I am not a philosopher and I found this book useful in other fields of science like education and so on.Published on May 21, 2012 by Anna M
The late Dennis Dutton's The Art Instinct is a worthwhile read for anyone with an interest in (or at least a toleration of) evolutionary biology and an appreciation for art. Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by C.E.L.
Dutton's thesis is that art is inherent in human life due to its having been developed and transmitted over the aeons by factors similar to those Charles Darwin described in his... Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Donald Knowles Richardson
A keeper. One of those iconic books that one will want to keep. Enormous insight. Not so much an encyclopedia as a personal journal. A must read for anyone interested in art.Published on August 4, 2010 by Glen G. Magnuson, Jr.
"The Art Instinct" has been thoroughly reviewed on Amazon, but I liked Dutton's book so much that I really feel like writing about it. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Michael Gunther
Dutton promises that although he will explain what aspects of human behavior and human evolution draw people to art, he will not destroy the reader's appreciation of art but... Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by mamodeo