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  1. Art as Microcosm: The Real Meaning of the Objectivist Concept of Art.Roger E. Bissell - 2004 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 5 (2):307-363.
    Bissell offers a new interpretation and clarification of Rand's definition of art, maintaining that an artwork, like language, functions as a "tool of cognition," and that it does so more specifically as a special kind of microcosm which presents an imaginary world. In particular, he argues that architecture and music are aesthetic microcosms and tools of cognition that re-create reality and embody fundamental abstractions and, thus, contrary to assertions by certain Objectivist writers, are forms of art consistent with Rand's definition (...)
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