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The Aesthetic MindPhilosophy and Psychology
In this chapter a theory of the origins of aesthetics is described. This has its roots in emotion, in which what is pleasant or unpleasant, a reward or punisher, is the result of an evolutionary process in which genes define the (pleasant or unpleasant) goals for action (Rolls 2005b). It is argued that combinations of multiple such factors provide part of the basis for aesthetics. To this is added the operation of the reasoning, syntactic, brain system which evolved to help solve difficult,doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691517.003.0009 fatcat:ej7hjyztpjhxjm73b3nzyr3ytq