Susanne K. Langer and the Definition of Art


This essay aims to analyze the conception of a work of art in the thought of Susanne K. Langer. The author offers us a definition of art, grounded on the idea that art is the “creation of symbolic forms of human feeling”. This thesis is, in turn, constructed from a robust theory of the symbolic function of the human mind.


Susanne K. Langer, art, symbol, sign, expressiveness

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Correia, Carlos João. “Susanne K. Langer and the Definition of Art.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 3, no. 1(7) (2019): 92–103. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2019.0007.


Carlos João Correia
Department of Philosophy, University of Lisbon
Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa, Portugal


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