• Paul M. W. HackettEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Philosophy book series (BRIEFSPHILOSOPH)


In any book, the first chapter sets the scene for what the reader is going to encounter as they progress in their reading. This book is no different and in this introductory chapter, I succinctly establish the main components of the coming essay in such a manner that, I hope, will reduce later surprises that are potentially confusing and enhance the reader’s sense of accumulative discovery and knowledge development. I start by considering the idea of categories of art and art experience including notions of aesthetics and figure ground relationships. In order to achieve clarity in my claims I then go on to define the major terms that I use including: mapping sentences; ontology; hermeneutics and hermeneutic consistency; mereology; facet theory in general and in particular qualitative facet theory and the mapping sentence (as this relates to notions of a flexible hermeneutically consistent template); three-dimensional abstract art. The overall aim of this chapter is to prepare the reader for my enquiries into viewers’ experiences when looking at three-dimensional abstract art.


Categories Art Abstract art Art experience Figure–ground Mapping sentence Hermeneutics Ontology Mereology Facet theory 


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  1. 1.School of CommunicationEmerson CollegeBostonUSA

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