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Darwin vs. the Art Critic: Evolutionary Psychology’s Challenge to Aesthetics SEM

August 14, 2008
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Most people would say they agree with this phrase. After all what’s more subjective than aesthetic tastes? But then why do we insist on arguing about which band has the better grooves, which film director makes the best films, which playwright is the greatest? Most philosophers abandoned the attempt to find an objective standard by which to judge the value of art long. There simply are no universally held aesthetic values. But new insights in evolutionary psychology are now challenging this notion. Join us to hear Jeremy Beahan will be speaking on Darwin vs. the Art Critic, and learn how evolutionary psychology is challenging the current views of aesthetics.

About Jeremy Beahan

Instructor of Aesthetics & Philosophy, Kendall College of Art & Design

Jeremy Beahan teaches classes on Philosophy, Aesthetics and Ethics at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI.