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UNIT 1: CULTURE AND SOCIETY

Aesthetic evaluation
Evaluating the arts
Appreciation of the arts is based on building arguments for and against the appeal or qualities of an
art object or performance and making various aesthetic judgements. Often there are no absolutes
but there is a lot of ambiguity. The…

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This raises the central issue of whether aesthetic judgements are subjective or objective. Writing in
the 1740s, the eminent philosopher David Hume identified some of the difficulties in formulating
aesthetic judgements because they might be both partly subjective and partly objective. Many
writers and critics tend towards the view that…

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A strength of the arts is that they have the capacity to engage us directly and in different
ways -- perhaps producing a lifechanging experience.

The Arts Council's approach to the assessment of artistic quality is based on three dimensions
of artistic work:
idea: the concept or artistic impetus behind…

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