Conclusions—The Perceptual Structure of Abstract Artwork

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


Up until this point in this book I have reviewed previous research and thinking in the area of perception as this relates to how we understand and perceive art. I have singled out the philosophical writing of Paul Crowther as being especially pertinent to my research. I then presented the findings of my own research into the characteristics I used to evaluate and understand twelve pieces of abstract three-dimensional abstract art. In this concluding chapter I summarise the findings from my research, make positive claims regarding theory development and I also offer caveats. I compare and contrast the findings from my research into the perception of two- and three-dimensional art and provide suggestions as to the direction of future research. I conclude that the structural model that I have developed may be thought of as a meta-ontological and meta-mereological account of the experience of abstract three-dimensional art.


Abstract art Art Art experience Paul Crowther Ontology Mereology Meta-ontology Meta-mereology Facet theory Mapping sentence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of CommunicationEmerson CollegeBostonUSA

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