Art in Experience

Artworks can help us understand what it might have been like to go through certain experiences, to feel certain emotions, or be in a particular position. They accomplish this by enhancing our experience to include things we may not otherwise go through or feel.Artworks, particularly literary works, can give us new categories for arranging things in the real world.We consider these qualities to be creatively important and appreciate some works of art for their complexity and elegance, the insights they offer, or the way they cause us to see the world in a new way. We judge other works to be artistically faulty because of their sentimentality. These are assessments of the arts that appear to also be or to depend on assessments. Such characteristics of our evaluations of artwork are taken seriously by artistic knowledge.

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