Vol. 6 No. 2 (2013): Aesthetics and Evolutionism: Requirements, Perspectives, Issues

Analogia e omologia: la questione della filogenesi delle emozioni

Published December 29, 2013
  • evolutionary aesthetics,
  • extended evolutionary synthesis,
  • homology,
  • functionalism
How to Cite
Tedesco, S. (2013). Analogia e omologia: la questione della filogenesi delle emozioni. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 6(2), 257-269. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-13780


Aim of this paper is to outline a new evolutionary interpretation of aesthetic emotions, in the light of the most recent developments in Evolutionary Biology, in particular the so-called “Extended Synthesis of Evolution” (Pigliucci-Müller 2010). Focussing on the biological concept of homology, the Author argues that, in order to effectively understand role and evolutionary value of aesthetic emotions, it should be asked not “what aesthetic emotions are for?”, rather “what kind of constraints and homologies influence the specific “shape” of human aesthetic emotions?”. In a few words, we should move from a functionalist approach to human aesthetic emotions towards a morphological one.


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