Susanne Langer and aesthetics

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  1. serpentina

    serpentina New Member

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    What do people think of her nowadays? She was all the rage when I went to college in the 70s.
     
  2. RJM Corbet

    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens

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    I'm afraid the name doesn't ring an immediate bell with me. Could you post a link and a bit of text about her?
     
  3. serpentina

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    RJM Corbet God Feeds the Ravens

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    Thank you. This is my first introduction to Susanne Langer. She was obviously influential but I seem to have missed her, What was it about her ideas that so enthused people?
     
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    I just ran across her name, because I am writing my thesis and I am interested in perception and aesthetics, and one blog I was reading mentioned her name beside Arnheim; I thought I knew where I read it, but now I can't seem to find her name at all.
    Besides, I am studying Art and Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark, and we have never come across her name, I don't think so, and even if she was mentioned we definitely did not linger on her.
    But I do think she is an interesting figure :)

    Why was she such a hot topic at your college - what did you study, and in which context did you talk about Langer? ^^
     
  6. serpentina

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    Philosophy majors at my college liked to give themselves airs and pretend this was light reading for them. One was a musician so championed Langer's book Philosophy in a New Key.
    I much preferred RG Collingwood's The Principles of Art.
     

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