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The Aesthetic Animal$
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Henrik Hogh-Olesen

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190927929

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190927929.001.0001

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Opening the Doors of Aesthetics

Opening the Doors of Aesthetics

Concluding Remarks

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(p.139) 10 Opening the Doors of Aesthetics
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The Aesthetic Animal
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Henrik Hogh-Olesen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190927929.003.0011

Chapter 10 concludes with showing the strength and limitations of the approach presented in this book, in a discussion that highlights the differences between a classic humanistic approach and an evolutionary, behavioral approach. The aim is not to move aesthetics from the humanities and into behavioral psychology and other sciences. On the contrary, the aesthetic field is a house with many doors, and you will need several keys to open them. However, aesthetics and art are also behavior. They are something our species does, and that is why behavioral sciences were prioritized. Furthermore, with behavioral and evolutionary psychology as tools, we can really shine an extensive and important light on the big Why of art and aesthetics.

Keywords:   behavioral psychology, conceptual art, culture, evolutionary psychology, key stimuli, neuroaesthetics, Mona Lisa, Walter Pater, power objects, Shakespeare

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