As a branch of philosophy,aesthetics has traditionally dealt with beauty and taste in relation to judgment and evaluation. In relation to art, aesthetics has a long history of debate—whether or not, for example, beauty and meaning are inherent in a work of art itself or located, instead, in the historical context of an art object. The purpose of art also has long been debated. The purpose of this entry is to give a brief context for aesthetics as a field of study and then to ...

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