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THE REPRESENTATIONAL REVOLUTION

Gregory Currie

in Arts and Minds

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199256280
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601712 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256284.003.0013
THE REPRESENTATIONAL REVOLUTION

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It is widely believed that a cultural and cognitive revolution occurred at the beginning of the Upper Palaeolithic. Considers the explanation for this revolution offered by Steven Mithen: an explanation that appeals to modularity. Rejects Mithen's account. Suggests another: increase in the power of a general‐purpose imaginative capacity. Links this change to recent work on changing patterns of human development, and changes in social organisation in the Upper Palaeolithic.

Keywords: childhood; culture; Mithen; pretence; representation; symbol; Upper Palaeolithic

Chapter.  6145 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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