Denis Dutton's art instinct

Denis Dutton, the editor of *Arts & Letters Daily*, has a new book out called *The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution*. He argues that aesthetic taste and the experience of arts are not socially constructed, or culturally relative, as has been believed in academe for the past 30 years, but based on a hard-wired universal instinct that Darwin would recognize. He gave a talk at Google on Jan. 14. It's a captivating discussion for anyone, like me, who finds value in social construction theory, or postmodern literary theory, as was my case, but whose journalistic skepticism provides a healthy counterbalance.
January 18, 2009 3:07 PM |

Categories:

Blogroll

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by FlyOver published on January 18, 2009 3:07 PM.

Hinterland Diary: Chronicle of Philanthropy on the Charleston Symphony Orchestra was the previous entry in this blog.

New Haven Review on Matthew Dickman is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.