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What Is The Central Question Of The Philosophy Of Art?

The central question of the philosophy of art is: what is art? Artists and critics have been trying to answer this question for centuries.

Aristotle’s answer was that art imitates nature, but later philosophers such as Kant rejected this idea because it would mean that all artworks were similar, which clearly isn’t true.

Philosophers have also disagreed on whether or not there are any essential characteristics of an artwork (for example, if an artwork must be a certain type of object made by a human being) or if these characteristics are just contingent features (ie, characteristics that can vary from culture to culture).

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