Summer 1953 • Vol. XV No. 3 Art and "Symbolic" |

This May Be the Book

FEELING AND FORM. By Susanne K. Langer. Scribner's. $7. For one thing this is a thoroughly satisfactory essay about Art and the arts. Even if it were no more than an essay it would be distinguished for its arguments and its literary merits. However, this book also purports to do for art, as non-discursive symbolism, what Mrs. Langer's earlier book, Philosophy in a New Key, did for science through her analysis of discursive symbolism. Despite her contention that she does not wish to coordinate art with any metaphysical perspectives or "world hypotheses," she does state that she wishes to provide an intellectual framework for philosophical studies of art. On the one hand, she has done more than she has promised. By providing this intellectual framework, she has grounded her essay on philosophy. On the other hand, by concentrating on the argumentation of her essay, she has been forced to subsume a great deal of epistemological and other philosophical groundwork which require mo

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