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date: 27 September 2021

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  • Cynthia Freeland


Art Theory: A Very Short Introduction is an exploration of art, what it means, and why we value it. It examines topics in the field loosely called art theory: ritual theory, formalist theory, imitation theory, expression theory, cognitive theory, and postmodern theory. It considers some of the philosophers from Plato onward who have proposed theories about art and aesthetics and explores why we value art.

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