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Darwin in the Louvre

From the May 2009 Print Edition

The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution by Denis Dutton Bloomsbury, 288 pages, $25 The human artistic drive is as old as the species itself. The famous Lascaux cave paintings in France show that even at the earliest stages man had an urge for expression beyond utilitarian needs. . . . . Continue Reading »

Human, All Too Human

From the January 2007 Print Edition

Dialogue with Nietzsche by Gianni Vattimo Columbia University Press, 247 pages, $29.50 It is part of academic folklore to defend philosophers against unskilled readings by nonspecialists. One of the best-known cases involves the outraged scholars who defended Plato when Karl Popper published The . . . . Continue Reading »