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date: 27 September 2021

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  • Cynthia Freeland


Art theory is not like scientific theories, such as Einstein's special theory of relativity or Darwin's theory of evolution: there do not seem to be any ‘laws’ of art that will predict artists' behaviours, or that explain the ‘evolution’ of art history by detailing what ‘succeeds’ in making a work beautiful or significant. Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction concludes that despite these differences from science, art theory is still an explanatory enterprise: it involves the effort to organize a dizzying variety of phenomena so as to try to say what they have in common that makes them special.

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