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The Resource Beauty : the value of values, Frederick Turner

Beauty : the value of values, Frederick Turner

Label
Beauty : the value of values
Title
Beauty
Title remainder
the value of values
Statement of responsibility
Frederick Turner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this groundbreaking interdisciplinary work, Frederick Turner presents a new theory of aesthetics based on the argument that beauty is an objective reality in the universe. He identifies the experience of beauty as a pancultural, neurobiological phenomenon. Drawing on recent work in a wide range of fields--ritual and dramatic performance, the oral tradition, paleoanthropology and human evolution, neurobiology, cosmology and theoretic physics, chaos theory and fractal mathematics--the book describes evolution as a self-organizing, emergent process that generates increasingly advanced forms of self-reflection, and proposes that the experience of beauty is the recognition of this evolutionary process and the reward for participating in it. The experience of aesthetic beauty, Turner says, is an adaptive function that drives evolution through sexual selection. Those individuals most sensitive to beauty survived surface cultural changes, excelled in mating rituals, and were participants in the positive evolution of the species. Turner shows how, as a result, neurotransmitters in the brain respond to certain inherited systems by which we appreciate beauty. Turner also presents the implications for theories of art and literature that follow from his identification of the inherent genres of human aesthetic experience. Forms of art cannot be arbitrary but must be rooted in our biological inheritance. This calls into question theories about modern art, and suggests that modernist culture turned its back on beauty in an attempt to repress and avoid the shame of humanness and our biological nature. This book breaks radically with contemporary positions in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and art, and offers an alternative to present trends in literary and critical theory. It should be of interest to a wide variety of readers, including the artistic community, critical theorists, students of oral traditions, philosophers, and aestheticians
Cataloging source
DLC
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1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Turner, Frederick
Dewey number
111/.85
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
no index present
LC call number
BH39
LC item number
.T87 1992
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Aesthetics
  • Values
Label
Beauty : the value of values, Frederick Turner
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Experience of Beauty -- 2. Shame, Modernity, and the Death of Beauty -- 3. The Biology of Beauty -- 4. The Neurocharms -- 5. The Language Group -- 6. The Musical Group -- 7. The Visual Group -- 8. The Last Five Neurocharms -- 9. Beauty and the Anima Mundi
Control code
23940590
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
140 pages
Isbn
9780813913575
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
91022536
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1455337
Label
Beauty : the value of values, Frederick Turner
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Experience of Beauty -- 2. Shame, Modernity, and the Death of Beauty -- 3. The Biology of Beauty -- 4. The Neurocharms -- 5. The Language Group -- 6. The Musical Group -- 7. The Visual Group -- 8. The Last Five Neurocharms -- 9. Beauty and the Anima Mundi
Control code
23940590
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
140 pages
Isbn
9780813913575
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
91022536
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1455337

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