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Ambiguous artefacts: towards a cognitive anthropology of art

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This thesis proposes elements for a cognitive anthropology of visual art. Most works of art are human-made objects that cannot be approached in purely functional terms, and as such they frustrate important cognitive expectations that people have about artefacts. For this reason, it is hypothesised that art triggers speculation about the artist’s intention, and that it is intuitively approached as a form of communication. By application of Bloom’s (1996) theory of artefact categorisation, and ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Centre for Anthropology and Mind
Oxford college:
Linacre College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology,Institute of

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Publication date:
2012
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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