People all over the world make art and take pleasure in it, and they have done so for millennia. But acknowledging that art is a universal part of human experience leads us to some big questions: Why does it exist? Why do we enjoy it? And how do the world’s different art traditions relate to art and to each other?

Ben-Ami Scharfstein tackles these questions in Art Without Borders: A Philosophical Exploration of Art And Humanity, from University of Chicago Press.

Read an excerpt here.