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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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What is this thing called art?

What is this thing called art?

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(p.115) Chapter 1 What is this thing called art?
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The Aesthetic Brain
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Anjan Chatterjee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.003.0017

What is art? Unfortunately, it is not so easy to come up with a satisfying definition of art. This chapter looks at different ways of thinking about art. First, it explores traditional views of aesthetics and art. Then, it considers how recent philosophers have wrestled with definitions of art.

Keywords:   art, philosophy, aesthetics, definition

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