Evolutionary Aesthetics

  • Eckart Voland
  • Karl Grammer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Introduction

    1. Karl Grammer, Eckart Voland
      Pages 1-5
  3. The Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
  4. From Is to Beauty — From Perception to Cognition

  5. The Fitness of Beauty — Aesthetics and Adaptation

  6. Modular Aesthetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Bernhart Ruso, LeeAnn Renninger, Klaus Atzwanger
      Pages 279-294
    3. Karl Grammer, Viktoria Keki, Beate Striebel, Michaela Atzmüller, Bernhard Fink
      Pages 295-323
    4. Manfred Milinski
      Pages 325-339
    5. Randy Thornhill, Steven W. Gangestad
      Pages 341-368
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 369-377

About this book


Evolutionary Aesthetics is the attempt to understand the aesthetic judgement of human beings and their spontaneous distinction between "beauty" and "ugliness" as a biologically adapted ability to make important decisions in life. The hypothesis is - both in the area of "natural beauty" and in sexuality, with regard to landscape preferences, but also in the area of "artificial beauty" (i.e. in art and design) - that beauty opens up fitness opportunities, while ugliness holds fitness risks. In this book, this adaptive view of aesthetics is developed theoretically, presented on the basis of numerous examples, and its consequences for evolutionary anthropology are illuminated.


Adaptation Charles Darwin Darwin Fitness Kunst Soziobiologie aesthetics anthropology biology cognition design evolution evolutionary psychology perception sociobiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Eckart Voland
    • 1
  • Karl Grammer
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Philosophy and Foundations of ScienceJustus-Liebig-University GiessenGiessenGermany
  2. 2.Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Urban EthologyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07822-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-07142-7
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