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What is art? I'm particularly interested in what the essential distinguishing characteristics are, but the non-essentials are also important. I'd particularly like to find an answer to this that highlights the cognitive value in having and applying the concept.
Which of the following, if any, are art: music, theatre, architecture, interior design, decorative illustration, dance, cooking, stop-motion videos.
What is the role of art in man's life? Is it essential, or can a good life be lived without it? If it is necessary, what about man's consciousness necessitates it and what would happen without it?
In my experience, responses to art are largely automatic. What, if anything, is gained from understanding the genesis of those responses? Can anything be determined about a man's premises by knowing what types of art he values?
Can art alter subconscious premises?
Should knowing the methods or interpretations of the artist affect our response to his artwork?
Are any of these questions part of philosophy proper, or are they more properly thought of as philosophy of art?