Ginnobili, «Darwinian Beauty»

Ginnobili, S.. (2023). Darwinian Beauty . Manuscrito46(4), e-2022-0059-R2.

It is not always considered that the discussion about the objective or subjective nature of beauty occurred partly in natural history, within the framework of the Darwinian revolution. The approaches of many pre-Darwinian naturalists assumed the existence of absolute standards of beauty. This idea was a presupposition in some versions of the great chain of being and in the idea that beauty was an objective characteristic of creation that could explain the possession of many traits of organisms. In this paper I will show how Darwin explicitly confronted both views throughout his work.

Charles Darwin; Beauty; chain of being; functional biology; sexual selection