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  1. The branch of philosophy concerned with the study of such concepts as beauty, taste, etc
  2. The study of the rules and principles of art

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  1.  The study or theory of beauty and of the psychological responses to it; specif., the branch of philosophy dealing with art, its creative sources, its forms, and its effects

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. 

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