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Langer, Susanne Katherina Knauth (1895–1985)

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-M044-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-M044-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved January 19, 2019, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/langer-susanne-katherina-knauth-1895-1985/v-1

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With roots in logic, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, Susanne Langer sought to explicate the meaning and cognitive import of art works by developing a theory of symbolism that located works of art at the centre of a network of relations based firmly on semantic theory. Art works were non-discursive, presentational symbols that expressed an artist’s ‘life of feeling’, by which observers, through a process of immediate apprehension (or intuition) came to acquire knowledge.

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Brand, Peg. Langer, Susanne Katherina Knauth (1895–1985), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-M044-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/langer-susanne-katherina-knauth-1895-1985/v-1.
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