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Aesthetics in Culture.pdf

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aesthetics, music, art, art-objects, Western culture, culture


This article examines the role of aesthetics in art, music, non-art objects, and activities in daily life. It shows that recognition is vital to our understanding of art and art-objects and sometimes creates conflicts which ask, what does one do with art? The question becomes more confusing when we think about non-art objects and activities which concern our everyday experiences from eating, clothing, cleaning and dealing with life's natural elements. The author points out that Western cultures have a distinct artworld that is usually limited for special occasions set aside for that purpose. He suggests that aesthetics in culture is based upon our knowledge, tastes and imagination, which in turn provide us an understanding and appreciation that is unique to oneself and that this experience and understanding can also transcend into other cultures.