This book brings together sixteen chapters on the related topics of art's definition and its critical interpretation. Theories held on these subjects within contemporary Anglo-American analytic aesthetics are critically reviewed and developed. Among other themes, this involves consideration of art's origins, its functions, the nature of beauty and of aesthetic properties, and the goals of, and constraints on, our attempts to understand and appreciate art. While the focus is mainly abstract and theoretical, concrete topics such as architecture's credentials as an art form and the nature of metaphor, are also covered.
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