David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (2005)
Our love of art, writes John Barrow, is the end product of millions of years of evolution. How we react to a beautiful painting or symphony draws upon instincts laid down long before humans existed. Now, in this enhanced edition of the highly popular The Artful Universe, Barrow further explores the close ties between our aesthetic appreciation and the basic nature of the Universe. Barrow argues that the laws of the Universe have imprinted themselves upon our thoughts and actions in subtle and unexpected ways. Why do we like certain types of art or music? What games and puzzles do we find challenging? Why do so many myths and legends have common elements? In this eclectic and entertaining survey, Barrow answers these questions and more as he explains how the landscape of the Universe has influenced the development of philosophy and mythology, and how millions of years of evolutionary history have fashioned our attraction to certain patterns of sound and color. Barrow casts the story of human creativity and thought in a fascinating light, considering such diverse topics as our instinct for language, the origins and uses of color in nature, why we divide time into intervals as we do, the sources of our appreciation of landscape painting, and whether computer-generated fractal art is really art. Drawing on a wide variety of examples, from the theological questions raised by St. Augustine and C.S. Lewis to the relationship between the pure math of Pythagoras and the music of the Beatles, The Artful Universe Expanded covers new ground and enters a wide-ranging debate about the meaning and significance of the links between art and science.
|Keywords||Nature (Aesthetics Philosophy of nature|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$10.00 new (80% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BH301.N3.B37 2005|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Adrian Currie & Anton Killin (forthcoming). Musical Pluralism and the Science of Music. European Journal for Philosophy of Science:1-22.
Similar books and articles
Salim Kemal & Ivan Gaskell (eds.) (1993). Landscape, Natural Beauty, and the Arts. Cambridge University Press.
Anne D. R. Sheppard (1987). Aesthetics: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art. Oxford University Press.
Joe Rosen (2010). Lawless Universe: Science and the Hunt for Reality. Johns Hopkins University Press.
John D. Barrow (1998). Impossibility: The Limits of Science and the Science of Limits. Oxford University Press.
Malcolm Budd (1996). The Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature. British Journal of Aesthetics 36 (3):207-222.
John D. Barrow (1986/1988). The Anthropic Cosmological Principle. Oxford University Press.
John D. Barrow (1991). Theories of Everything: The Quest for Ultimate Explanation. Oxford University Press.
John D. Barrow (1995). The Artful Universe. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads8 ( #266,667 of 1,724,748 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #349,121 of 1,724,748 )
How can I increase my downloads?