Winfried Menninghaus

Why Art? - Aesthetics after Darwin

(German title: Wozu Kunst?)
ca. 300 pages
Winfried Menninghaus

Winfried Menninghaus

Winfried Menninghaus is Professor for General and Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin.

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Winfried Menninghaus develops a convincing explanation why, from what and when human arts were created.

Charles Darwin derived his model of aesthetic representation and reception from the resemblance of the song and dance of courting birds with human music making and dancing.

Winfried Menninghaus presents this approach as a significant contribution to a theory of art. The central focus of this book is the unfolding of a complex, functional theory of human art. Menninghaus does not merely explain when the practice of courting became art but also why.

Other publications

Das Versprechen der Schönheit/The Promise of Beauty (2003)

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Italy (Aesthetica), Japan (Gendai Shicho Shinsha)

Ekel/Disgust (2002)

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English world rights (SUNY Press), Italy (Mimesis), Japan (Hosei UP), Poland (Universitas)

Lob des Unsinns/In Praise of Nonsense (1995)

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English world rights (Stanford UP)