Vol. 8 No. 1 (2015): The Aesthetic Mind and the Origin of Art

On The Rise of the Aesthetic Mind: Archaeology and Philosophy

Published May 18, 2015
  • Aesthetic Mind,
  • adaptation,
  • archaeology,
  • human cognition
How to Cite
Schellekens, E. (2015). On The Rise of the Aesthetic Mind: Archaeology and Philosophy. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 8(1), 113-122. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-16210


Moving from a critical assessment of some recent attempts to define the arts in terms of adaptations, spandrels, by-products and, moreover, calling into question the continued development of the concept of the "aesthetic" in the frame of contemporary interdisciplinary research projects, the main aim of this paper is to highlight some of the ways in which archaeological objects can, at least in some respects, testify to the manifestation of the modern aesthetic mind.


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