Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Attention Colbert fans ...

... and you know who are: Philosopher Denis Dutton, author of The Art Instinct, will appear this week on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. You will be able to see him ritually humiliated by Mr. Stephen Colbert in front of gazillions of viewers on Wednesday night. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Here, by the way, is the Web site for The Art Instinct. I notice that Professor Dutton says of his books that "I argue that art is produced by culture, individuals, and their evolution in a complex interaction." That seems fine as far as it goes, but it also seems to imply a certain degree of reification of evolution.


  1. Anonymous3:48 PM

    Well, it looks like there might be a bump - Sir Paul McCartney just got announced as Wednesday's guest:

    This looks to be a very interesting interview though - I hope that Dutton gets rescheduled if McCartney does in fact bump him. I love when Stephen discusses art theories with his guests. It's so open to interpretation that you never know which direction Stephen will go with his questioning.

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  3. Denis Dutton, just minutes ago, received e-mail from the Colbert Report staff indicating that he's still going to be on tomorrow night as a guest. Both he and Paul McCartney are scheduled to appear, with, of course, top billing going to Mr McCartney.

  4. Anonymous4:56 PM

    Fantastic! I'll make sure to blog it.

  5. I think he and Sir Paul should do a duet.