Gregory F. Tague, Ph.D. (1998), New York University, is Professor of English and founder and senior developer of The Evolutionary Studies Collaborative at St. Francis College, N.Y. Recent, relevant books include Evolution and Human Culture (Brill|Rodopi, 2016) and Making Mind: Moral Sense and Consciousness (Rodopi, 2014).
Students and scholars interested in the adaptive function of the arts, the evolution of culture, human evolution and intelligence, and continuities between humans and great apes will find Art and Adaptability insightful.
“The text is said to offer a novel hypothesis on the evolutionary roots of art, based on theory of mind. In itself, this proposal is compelling...”
– Larissa Mendoza Straffon, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
“The general argument of the book is interesting and sound, and is well developed with different layer of explanation.... The manuscript fits within an upcoming and ongoing tendency to study the origins of art from a cognitive perspective that specifically emphasizes theory of mind...doing so from a similarly interdisciplinary point of view. As such, the contents are both innovative and fitting within actual developments in this field.”
– Eveline Seghers, Department of Art, Music and Theatre Studies, Ghent University
“An ambitious book that employs literature, science and philosophy in service to the question what makes a human mind the way it is....Gregory Tague admirably attempts to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences in an effort to explain how the relationship between moral sense and consciousness creates the human mind....Challenging in more ways than one, it is also a thought-provoking work of deep scholarship and insight and an excellent exemplar of the current state of interdisciplinary writing.”
– Douglas J. Cremer. European Legacy 22.3 (2017):361-363.
Table of contents
Introduction: Setting Boundaries
Chapter One, Intelligence: Communication and Theory of Mind
Chapter Two, Culture: The Adapted Mind
Chapter Three, Adaptive Functions: Selection and the Human Psyche
Chapter Four, Objections: Philosophy and Byproducts
Chapter Five, Neurobiology and Cognition: Consciousness and Representation
Conclusion: The Arts and Sciences