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definition of art

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Wed, 7 Oct 1998 05:46:32 EDT

Robert, have you read any of the writings of Marcia Eaton. She is head of the
pholosophy department at the University of Minnesota. I have heard her speak
and have read her works as well. I use one of her examples with my students to
help them develop their own definitions of art. It helps them so much to
realize that it is a personal thing. I guess that the reason you haven't heard
from me is that my definition is rather long and it changes ever so slightly
as time goes by. But then that is one of the things I learned from Eaton. It's
alright to change your definition as you grow and learn. The main ingredients
in my definition are: it must be made by man, there must have been intent on
the part of the artist, and there must be the potential for perpetuity. I
enjoy working with aesthetics with my students. I think that it goes a long
way toward helping them be more comfortable with art.