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کیمیای هنر 2015, 4(16): 33-42 Back to browse issues page
Work of Art as a Symbol: An Explanation of Susanne Langer’s Theory of Symbolization
Naser Sadati *, Mahmud Mehrmohammadi
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The background of symbolic thinking goes back to Kant’s philosophy.Kant first stated it in his philosophical aesthetics. The most important aspect of Langer’s philosophy is to pursuit Kant’s schemas as symbols.

Unlike others, Langer claims that art is not a mere expression of feeling and the feeling is not mere pleasure or pain but it is inner life or human mentality. Art or work of art articulates this. Like Cassirer, Langer claims that art is a symbolic form; in other words, instead of being a mere expression of feeling, art can be a symbol of it. It has an isomorphic relation with the structures of human feeling.

In this paper, first we will present an explanation of symbolization as an important key in Langer’s philosophy, and then we will indicate the conception of feeling. Finally, we will discuss how a work of art is a symbol of feeling.

Keywords: Langer, symbolic form, art, symbolic mind, symbolic transformation, feeling
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2016/01/17 | Accepted: 2016/01/17

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