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Project: A critical analysis of the methodology of evolutionary explanations for the emergence and possible functions of art

project duration
01-OCT-11 – 30-SEP-13
abstract
Since the last couple of decades, cultural and social phenomena such as art, religion, language and morality, are increasingly studied from an evolutionary point of view. However, a number of difficulties arise when a biological theory is applied to this subject matter. The goal of this research, with art as a case study, is to map pitfalls and opportunities, in order to contribute to the study of these phenomena, as well as to the expansion of evolutionary theory's framework of research.