Dutton's book is entertaining and amusing. Jeff Sawtell, Morning Star His arguement takes us on an entertaining tour of science and art. Art Newspaper This is a wonderful, mind-changing book. Peter Forbes, The Independent Dutton's prose is direct, entertaining and stylish..Unlike most works on aesthetics, this book is a great read. Nigel Warburton, Prospect Dutton ranges widely and entertainingly over the arts. Roger Kimball, Times Literary Supplement In 250 elegant pages, Dutton demonstrates that aesthetics are linked at the profoundest level to our biological and cognitive prehistory. Brian Morton, The Observer Beautifully written... The easy elegance of the writing is no accident of charm... Dutton is moved by a passion for art itself or, to be more precise, a conviction that art is essential to our humanity. Spiked Provocative... punchy... a hard-hitting amalgamation of critical theory and evolutionary science... Both cogent and exhilarating. The Atlantic --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Denis Dutton founded Arts & Letters Daily and continues to edit the website, one of the Guardian's "best websites in the world," and one of the most heavily trafficked sites anywhere for news and opinion in science, the arts, and politics. He founded and still edits Philosophy and Literature, a highly successful scholarly journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He is a professor of the philosophy of art at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.