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Darwin and Theories of Aesthetics and Cultural History

Darwin and Theories of Aesthetics and Cultural History

  • Author: Barbara Larson,Sabine Flach
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9781409448709
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 176
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Darwin and Theories of Aesthetics and Cultural History is a significant contribution to the fields of theory, Darwin studies, and cultural history. This collection of eight essays is the first volume to address, from the point of view of art and literary historians, Darwin's intersections with aesthetic theories and cultural histories from the eighteenth century to the present day. Among the philosophers of art influenced by Darwinian evolution and considered in this collection are Alois Riegl, Ruskin, and Aby Warburg. This stimulating collection ranges in content from essays on the influence of eighteenth-century aesthetic theory on Darwin and nineteenth-century debates circulating around beauty to the study of evolutionary models in contemporary art.

The Elusive Synthesis: Aesthetics and Science

The Elusive Synthesis: Aesthetics and Science

  • Author: A.I. Tauber
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 9400917864
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 329
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The tension between art and science may be traced back to the Greeks. What became "natural philosophy" and later "science" has traditionally been posed as a fundamental alternative to poetry and art. It is a theme that has commanded central attention in Western thought, as it captures the ancient conflict of Apollo and Dionysus over what deserves to order our thought and serve as the aspiration of our cultural efforts. The modern schi sm between art and science was again clearly articulated in the Romantic period and seemingly grew to a crescendo fifty years aga as a result of the debate concerning atomic power. The discussion has not abated in the physical sciences, and in fact has dramatically expanded most prominently into the domains of ecology and medicine. Issues concerning the role of science in modern society, although heavily political, must be regarded at heart as deeply embedded in our cultural values. Although each generation addresses them anew, the philosophical problems which lay at the foundation of these fundamental concerns always appear fresh and difficult. This anthology of original essays considers how science might have a greater commonality with art than was perhaps realized in a more positivist era. The contributors are concerned with how the aesthetic participates in science, both as a factor in constructing theory and influencing practice. The collec tion is thus no less than a spectrum of how Beauty and Science might be regarded through the same prism.

The Art of Evolution

The Art of Evolution

Darwin, Darwinisms, and Visual Culture

  • Author: Barbara Jean Larson
  • Publisher: UPNE
  • ISBN: 9781584657750
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 332
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A timely and stimulating collection of essays about the impact of Darwin's ideas on visual culture

Rethinking Cultural-Historical Theory

Rethinking Cultural-Historical Theory

A Dialectical Perspective to Vygotsky

  • Author: Manolis Dafermos
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 9811301913
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 309
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This book is an exploration of science in the making. It offers readers the opportunity to critically reflect on the process of development of Vygotsky's research program from the perspective of dialectics, focusing on the dramatic process of building and rebuilding cultural historical theory. Vygotsky's creative and dramatic journey is no less important than the concrete results of his research. An epistemological and historical investigation of the formulation of cultural historical theory sheds light on the process of knowledge production and reveals hidden dimensions of creativity in science.

The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin

The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin

Enlightened Spaces, Romantic Times

  • Author: Professor Martin Priestman
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1472419561
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 324
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While historians of science have focused significant attention on Erasmus Darwin’s scientific ideas and milieu, relatively little attention has been paid to Darwin as a literary writer. In The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin: Enlightened Spaces, Romantic Times, Martin Priestman situates Darwin’s three major poems - The Loves of the Plants (1789), The Economy of Vegetation (1791) and The Temple of Nature (1803) - and Darwin himself within a large, polymathic late-Enlightenment network of other scientists, writers, thinkers and social movers and shakers. Interpreting Darwin’s poetry in terms of Darwin’s broader sense of the poetic text as a material space, he posits a significant shift from the Enlightenment’s emphases on conceptual spaces to the Romantic period’s emphases on historical time. He shows how Darwin’s poetry illuminates his stance toward all the major physical sciences and his well-formulated theories of evolution and materially based psychology. Priestman’s study also offers the first substantial accounts of Darwin’s mythological theories and their links to Enlightenment Rosicrucianism and Freemansonry, and of the reading of history that emerges from the fragment-poem The Progress of Society, a first-ever printed edition of which is included in an appendix. Ultimately, Priestman’s book offers readers a sustained account of Darwin’s polymathic Enlightenment worldview and cognate poetics in a period when texts are too often judged by their adherence to a retrospectively constructed ‘Romanticism’.

A Biocultural Approach to Literary Theory and Interpretation

A Biocultural Approach to Literary Theory and Interpretation

  • Author: Nancy Easterlin
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 1421405040
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 336
  • View: 1888
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"A Biocultural Approach to Literary Theory and Interpretation offers a fresh and reasoned approach to literary studies that at once preserves the central importance that interpretation plays in the humanities and embraces the exciting developments of the cognitive sciences.

Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture

Charles Darwin and Victorian Visual Culture

  • Author: Jonathan Smith
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521856906
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 349
  • View: 1986
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A highly illustrated account of Darwin's visual representations of his theories, and their influence on Victorian literature, art and culture, first published in 2006.

Literary Darwinism

Literary Darwinism

Evolution, Human Nature, and Literature

  • Author: Joseph Carroll
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135878943
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 304
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First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings

Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings

  • Author: Sōseki Natsume
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231518315
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 304
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Natsume Soseki (1867-1916) was the foremost Japanese novelist of the twentieth century, known for such highly acclaimed works as Kokoro, Sanshiro, and I Am a Cat. Yet he began his career as a literary theorist and scholar of English literature. In 1907, he published Theory of Literature, a remarkably forward-thinking attempt to understand how and why we read. The text anticipates by decades the ideas and concepts of formalism, structuralism, reader-response theory, and postcolonialism, as well as cognitive approaches to literature that are only now gaining traction. Employing the cutting-edge approaches of contemporary psychology and sociology, Soseki created a model for studying the conscious experience of reading literature as well as a theory for how the process changes over time and across cultures. Along with Theory of Literature, this volume reproduces a later series of lectures and essays in which Soseki continued to develop his theories. By insisting that literary taste is socially and historically determined, Soseki was able to challenge the superiority of the Western canon, and by grounding his theory in scientific knowledge, he was able to claim a universal validity.

Darwinism and the Divine

Darwinism and the Divine

Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology

  • Author: Alister E. McGrath
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 9781444392517
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 352
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Darwinism and the Divine examines the implications of evolutionary thought for natural theology, from the time of publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species to current debates on creationism and intelligent design. Questions whether Darwin's theory of natural selection really shook our fundamental beliefs, or whether they served to transform and illuminate our views on the origins and meaning of life Identifies the forms of natural theology that emerged in 19th-century England and how they were affected by Darwinism The most detailed study yet of the intellectual background to William Paley's famous and influential approach to natural theology, set out in 1802 Brings together material from a variety of disciplines, including the history of ideas, historical and systematic theology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, sociology, and the cognitive science of religion Considers how Christian belief has adapted to Darwinism, and asks whether there is a place for design both in the world of science and the world of theology A thought-provoking exploration of 21st-century views on evolutionary thought and natural theology, written by the world-renowned theologian and bestselling author