chapter  X
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The Origin of the Arts

TN primitive societies the work is not only manual: it is intellectual as well. The invention of the tools and methods

which allowed man to make a weapon, a vessel, a hut, demanded, and proves the existence of, great mental activity. Toil itself is equally not merely utilitarian; it may be inspired by motives which are connected with the desire to satisfy a physical need, but which sometimes rise above that. This is true of a whole series of works which have an artistic character, that is to say, they are capable of giving that particular kind of pleasure which is attached to a feeling for the beautiful.