New Titles in Bioethics

New Titles in Bioethics displays listings of the most recent book acquisitions of the Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown. The bibliographies can be viewed by month, and are compiled into quarterly and annual reports. Monthly quarterly with an annual cumulation, update of new books related to biomedical, philosophical, religious and applied ethics. Readers are encouraged to view new books in our library catalog while we examine new methods to curate a list of new titles in bioethics. The Bioethics Research Library has acquired several new books in 2014116 books published in 2013259 books published in 2012 and 306 published in 2011 and we welcome you to browse these lists.

Annual New Titles Archive

The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art

Anjan Chatterjee

The Aesthetic Brain takes the reader on a wide-ranging journey through the world of beauty, pleasure, and art. Chatterjee uses neuroscience to probe how an aesthetic sense is etched in our minds and evolutionary psychology to explain why aesthetic concerns feature centrally in our lives. Along the way, Chatterjee addresses fundamental questions: What is beauty? Is beauty universal? How is beauty related to pleasure? What is art? Should art be beautiful? Do we have an instinct for art? Chatterjee starts by probing the reasons that we find people, places, and even numbers beautiful. At the root of beauty, he finds, is pleasure. He then examines our pleasures by dissecting why we want and why we like food, sex, and money and how these rewards relate to aesthetic encounters. His ruminations on beauty and pleasure prepare him and the reader to face art. He wanders through the problems of defining art, understanding contemporary art, and interpreting ancient art. He explores why art, something that seems so useless, also feels fundamental to our humanity. Replete with facts, anecdotes, and analogies, this empirical guide to aesthetics offers scientific answers without deflating the wonders of beauty and art.


The Bioethics Research Library invites publishers to recommend New Titles in Bioethics for review. Please submit the Recommend a Bioethics Book form to include the new title on our acquisitions list. You may also send review copies to add to our collection at our mailing address:

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Washington, DC 20057-1212

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