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Art and Intimacy
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Details why the arts encourage us to show that we care about important things

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Love and Art
Mutuality
Belonging
Finding and Making Meaning
"Hands-on" Competence
Elaborating
Taking the Arts Seriously
Appendix: Toward a Naturalistic Aesthetics
Notes
References Cited
Index of Names
Index of Subjects

About the Author

Ellen Dissanayake is Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington and has recently held Distinguished Visiting Professorships in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. She has lectured and taught in a variety of settings, including the New School for Social Research in New York City, the National Arts School in Papua New Guinea, and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is the author of Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and What Is Art For?

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"Ellen Dissanayake is a pioneer on the borderland between science and the humanities; Art and Intimacy is an important contribution." Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University "Draws on disciplines ranging from cultural anthropology and art history to evolutionary psychology and cognitive archaeology, with contributions from infant and developmental psychology and neuroscience...Well researched and interestingly written." Choice "Ellen Dissanayake gives us a deep and even moving investigation of art's capacity to touch every corner of our emotional lives." Denis Dutton, Washington Post

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