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Bachelor of Arts




Where do we draw the line between what is and is not a work of art? and, how are we to distinguish between so called "good" and "bad" works of art? There is a tendency to blur the distinction between these questions because they seem, in certain senses, to be inextricably bound to one another. It is not uncommon, for instance, to hear someone praise something by referring to it as a "work of art," yet most of us agree that not all works of art are "good," even in the aesthetic sense. Too often this distinction is muddled by the language of the layman. My intent here is to explore the second matter, as to whether or not there is any objectivity in the evaluation of artistic merit. However, this task will eventually call into play some consideration of the prior matter, as to the definition of art.

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