Monday, April 29, 2013

The experience of imitation: creating and enjoying images

Human beings are born image-makers and image-enjoyers.
Denis Dutton, 2009.

Denis Dutton discusses Aristotle's view on arts—Aristotle's approach of considering all art to be imitation (mimesis) of some sort. Our interest and pleasure in performing plays and engaging in poetry, carving, painting and drawing reflects our need (or instinct?) for perceiving, understanding and modeling the world around us. 

Keywords: Aristotle, philosophy, anthropology.

Denis Dutton: The Art Instinct. Beauty, Pleasure & Human EvolutionBloomsbury Press, New York, 2009; page 33.

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