- Art and Intimacy: How the Arts Began
- Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why
- What Is Art For?
- Professional Journals
- Book Chapters and Other Scholarly Writing
- General Articles on the Arts
- Articles on Nonwestern Arts and Artists
- 1992 Exhibition Reviews and other Newspaper Articles in Sri Lanka
- Book Reviews
- Exhibition Reviews
Articles and Reviews
- Keynote and Plenary Presentations at Symposia and Conferences
- Other Lectures
- Conference Presentations and Participation
From the preface to 1995's Homo Aestheticus:
At first glance, the fact that the arts and related aesthetic attitudes vary so widely from one society to another would seem to suggest that they are wholly learned or 'cultural' in origin rather than, as I will show, also biological or 'natural.' One can make an analogy with language: learning to speak is a universal, innate predisposition for all children even though individual children learn the particular language of the people among whom they are nurtured. Similarly, art can be regarded as a natural, general proclivity that manifests itself in culturally learned specifics such as dances, songs, performances, visual display, and poetic speech.