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Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind$
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Greg Currie, Matthew Kieran, Aaron Meskin, and Jon Robson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669639.001.0001

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The Arts, Emotion, and Evolution

The Arts, Emotion, and Evolution

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(p.159) 8 The Arts, Emotion, and Evolution
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Aesthetics and the Sciences of Mind
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Noël Carroll

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669639.003.0009

In this chapter, Carroll attempts to defend the view that art is an adaptation on that grounds that by means of provoking contagious emotions it promotes fellow feeling and thereby abets social cohesion.

Keywords:   art and emotion, evolution, emotional contagion, Leo Tolstoy, function of art, group selection, origin of art

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