The Cultural Importance Of The Arts

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It can be written in the text form of literature and poetry, enacted in the form of music and theatre, and drawn on a canvas through art and sculpture. This concept is illustrated in, “The Cultural Importance of the Arts.” Susan Langer was a notable 20th century American philosopher who mainly focused her work on artistic expression and linguistic analysis. Her purpose for writing this argument is to explain how these different forms of art are all essential to the developmental growth of human culture and how if art ceases to exist, then society will “give itself up to formless emotion (Langer).” Langer also believes that the primary function of art should be to “objectify feeling so we can contemplate and understand it (Langer).” She begins building her argument by explaining the different forms of art and clearly defining the terms of feeling, creation, form, and expression in the context in which she uses them. Furthermore, she accomplishes this by not only explaining these terms, but also by giving numerous examples of them throughout the context. Throughout the text, she also uses many analogies between art, art’s history, and the purpose of its cultural importance to a society. Langer continues to build her argument by clearly demonstrating what she believes to be the primary function of cultural importance of the arts. Langer does not support her argument by providing any outside expert opinion or research data. However, she does appeal to the reader’s logic, intellect, and emotions. Art and its history is not only a form of expression, it is also a vital necessity in the developmental growth of society and without it or it’s education of it, our society would become apathetic and benighted. “Art is, indeed, the spearhe... ... middle of paper ... ...elopment of the infrastructure we have today. Ironically enough, when the Greeks conquered the Romans, the Greek art became intertwined with the Roman form of art. For example, the Romans incorporated a magnificent aqueduct system to allow water in and out of their city, although not designed as similar; we still use the basic concept today. Although not designed as flashy as aqueducts, the Romans were credited with building the first durable bridges in the world, a concept that is still being used worldwide. The majority of art and infrastructure today has been heavily influenced from these periods of time. Furthermore, we can begin to better analyze the evolution of countries and understand how they were formed the way they are today. This is important because if we can understand the past, we can better prepare to understand our present and plan for our future.
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