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DOES ART BRING US TOGETHER? AN EMPIRICAL APPROACH TO THE EVOLUTIONARY AESTHETICS OF ELLEN DISSANAYAKE

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dc.contributor.advisor Dedrick, Don
dc.contributor.advisor Dedrick, Don
dc.contributor.author Fullerton, Brady
dc.contributor.author Fullerton, Brady
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-08T14:09:02Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-08T14:09:02Z
dc.date.copyright 2016-08
dc.date.created 2016-08-31
dc.date.issued 2016-09-08
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/9978
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines criticism of Ellen Dissanyake’s evolutionary account of art. In addition to offering theoretical responses to criticism leveled against her, an alternative formulation of her position is developed and subjected to empirical analysis. The implicit claim that “Ritual art promotes group cohesion” is subjected to a cross cultural analysis. A theoretical definition of ritual art is developed and a coding practice is proposed and tested using the database of SCCS cases in the eHRAF. Theoretical arguments are developed for understanding group cohesion in certain variables. These proxies are then correlated with ritual art. When all proxies for group cohesion are considered results are mixed. However, numerous variables that measure internal violence indicate significant correlations supportive of Dissanayake’s position. Ultimately, the statistical results, along with theoretical arguments, call for a reassessment of Dissanayake’s work. Furthermore, the project exposes important weaknesses in use of the term “group cohesion.” en_US
dc.description.sponsorship SSHRC en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject aesthetics en_US
dc.subject philosophy en_US
dc.subject evolution en_US
dc.subject biology en_US
dc.subject science en_US
dc.subject anthropology en_US
dc.subject ellen dissanayake en_US
dc.subject evolutionary aesthetics en_US
dc.subject experimental philosophy en_US
dc.subject cross cultural analysis en_US
dc.subject ritual en_US
dc.title DOES ART BRING US TOGETHER? AN EMPIRICAL APPROACH TO THE EVOLUTIONARY AESTHETICS OF ELLEN DISSANAYAKE en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Philosophy en_US
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