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 |



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