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Art - Concept and Meaning of Art
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Part of Art:

1. Concept and Meaning of Art

2. Theories of Aesthetics

A. The Word and the History of the Concept

Art, like craft, in the widest sense of the term, means “cunning” (“know-how”), “skill” — man’s mastery of what he can do. From the Latin “ars”, which is a translation of the Greek τέχνη, it indicates primarily the realm of ποίησις, productive work, one of the three basic means wher…

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Alois Haider, “Art - Concept and Meaning of Art”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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