Human Artistic Behaviour: Adaptation, Byproduct, or Cultural Group Selection?
- Johan De SmedtAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy and Ethics, Ghent University Email author
- , Helen De CruzAffiliated withCentre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Evolutionary accounts of art fall naturally into two categories: those that propose that art is an adaptation, and those that propose it is a byproduct of adaptations which evolved for different purposes. Although each of these positions can be supported by a wide range of empirical evidence, we will argue that there are shortcomings in each type of explanation. We will propose the alternative that the earliest art arose as a product of cultural group selection, drawing on theoretical models of altruism, anthropological observations of the use of art in extant small-scale societies and archaeological findings from Upper Palaeolithic Europe, in particular the Magdalenian cultural complex.
- Human Artistic Behaviour: Adaptation, Byproduct, or Cultural Group Selection?
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- Philosophy of Behavioral Biology
- pp 167-187
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- Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
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- Springer Netherlands
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- ID1. University of Hanover
- ID2. , Institut für Philosophie, Leibniz Universität Hannover
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- 1. Department of Philosophy and Ethics, Ghent University, Blandijnberg 2, 9000, Ghent, Belgium
- 2. Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2, 3000, Leuven, Belgium
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