I have called this book The A-B-C of æsthetics for a somewhat unusual reason. An A-B-C book generally implies the existence of other more authoritative books upon the subject, to which it serves as an introduction. For æsthetics there are no such books. There are no authorities and it is somewhat doubtful whether the subject exists. Every fresh book on it is another attempt to put it on the map. By calling this little book The A-B-C of æsthetics I mean to imply that it does not get very far but that it tries to start as near the beginning as possible. I have tried to write it clearly and simply, and I hope in that way also to have justified the title.
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