New Bearings in Esthetics and Art Criticism

A Study in Semantics and Evaluation

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PREFACE
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problems discussed, it seemed advisable, on the whole, to cut down the philosophical argument in the text to a minimum and to put as much of it as possible into the notes.
Other readers may resent such an extensive use of quotation marks, but where one is dealing so largely with terminology and with interpretation of such an "ambiguous" or "resourceful" kind (to use the terms of Dr. I. A. Richards), this use seems necessary. An alternative procedure, following the suggestions of Richards in How To Read a Page, would be to use various types of notation to designate the various sorts of duties which quotation marks perform; but I believe that Richards' notations are not so easily remembered as he believes they may be, and that, therefore, they tend to produce more confusion than they eliminate.
I owe a debt of gratitude to many people. I am thankful, first of all, to the Trustees of Wellesley College for making this publication financially possible. 1 am profoundly grateful also to the Wellesley College Committee on Publications, which has given so generously of its time and has recommended that this work be published. And I am greatly indebted to a number of friends who graciously consented to read and criticize earlier versions of the manuscript. For constructive suggestions of various sorts I particularly wish to thank Professors Adele de la Barre Robinson and Edith C. Johnson of Wellesley College, Professors F. Cudworth Flint and Philip Wheelwright of Dartmouth College, Professor George Boas of the Johns Hopkins University, Professor James Burnham of New York University, and Lieutenant Franklin Gary, U.S.N.R.
B. C. H.