Sexuality, Curiosity, Fear, and the Arts: Biology of Aesthetics

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P. Lang, 2001 - Philosophy - 130 pages
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One of the most intriguing questions in the humanities revolves around the basis for our enjoyment of music, painting, and the other arts. This book helps to clarify this issue by exposing the biological components pertinent to the enjoyment of the arts. It discusses the anatomy of human emotion and the inherited psychological mechanisms that underlie our reaction to the arts thereby setting a foundation for understanding aesthetics.

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Basic Psychological Mechanisms
A Definition of Aesthetics
The Beautiful the Sublime and the Ugly

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The Author: Milton D. Heifetz is Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Southern California. He has been a Visiting Professor of Ethics as well as of Neurosurgery at Harvard University Medical School. Since his retirement ten years ago he has been Adjunct Professor at the Boston College Law School. Besides his numerous publications in the field of neurosurgery, he is also the author of Ethics in Medicine and the astronomical guide A Walk through the Heavens.

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