Origins of Art: A Psychological & Sociological Inquiry

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PREFACE

THE aim and scope of this book is sufficiently indicated by its title. I have endeavoured throughout to restrict my attention to questions connected with the origins of art. Points of history and criticism have been touched upon only in so far as they appeared to contribute towards the elucidation of this purely psychological and sociological problem. In order to save space as well as to spare the reader's attention, the descriptive parts have been concentrated as much as possible. As a rule, only one ethnological example, which has been selected as typical, is described in the text, while the corroborating examples are represented by references in the footnotes. And even of these references only such are adduced as have been considered especially significant. Only in one matter have I aimed at completeness, viz. that of reference to authors from whom I have borrowed facts or observations. And whenever in earlier literature I have found theories which have appeared similar to the views advanced in this book, these similarities have been pointed out in the footnotes.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Chapter I the Problem Stated 1
  • Chapter II the Art-Impulse 18
  • Chapter III the Feeling-Tone of Sensation 30
  • Chapter IV the Emotions 43
  • Chapter V the Enjoyment of Pain 56
  • Chapter VI Social Expressioin 72
  • Chapter VII 86
  • Chapter VIII Art the Reliever 102
  • Chapter IX the Work of Art 111
  • Chapter X Objections and Answers 134
  • Chapter XI the Concrete Origins of Art 143
  • Chapter XII Art and Information 149
  • Chapter XIII Historical Art 164
  • Chapter XIV Animal Display 186
  • Chapter XV Art and Sexual Selection 203
  • Chapter XVI the Origins of Self-Decoration 214
  • Chapter XVII Erotic Art 228
  • Chapter XVIII Art and Work 249
  • Chapter XIX 261
  • Chapter XX Art and Magic 278
  • Chapter XXI Conclusions 298
  • Authorities Quoted 307
  • Index of Authors 323
  • Index of Subjects 328
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