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Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty



Everyone likes western objects like shakespeare because they have natural Darwinian beauty? Sounds like a justification of cultural imperialism that is awfully reminiscent to social darwinism.

Sam, I think you got it wrong... he was giving many examples of universal beauty from all over the world, Shakespeare being just one of them. I think he highlighted Shakespeare because it's extremely unlikely that something written for England of a certain time would be accepted everywhere if we were just culturally conditioned. Of course the examples were western-civilization centered, but so was the audience. Any good speaker uses terms most familiar to his/hers audience to make the point.


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