QUESTION TEXT: The purpose of a general theory of…
QUESTION TYPE: Most Strongly Supported
- A general theory of art is supposed to explain any aesthetic feature of art.
- Pre-modern theories mainly concerned themselves with painting and sculpture.
- All pre-modern theories of art fail to explain some aesthetic features of music.
ANALYSIS: We can conclude that no pre-modern theories succeeded in fulfilling the purpose of general theories of art. (Assuming music is art)
- This is only true of general theories that fulfill their purpose.
- It isn’t enough to explain music. All of the arts must be explained.
- This is only true of pre-modern theories. Modern theories might be able to explain everything.
- CORRECT. Right. No pre-modern theory could explain music, so they all fail their purpose, unless music isn’t art.
- Pre-modern theories might have been able to explain some aspects of music. It’s just that they couldn’t explain all aesthetic aspects.
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