"To be learning something is the greatest of pleasures not only to the philosopher but also to the rest of mankind, however small their capacity for it;" (227).
So, therein lies humans' attraction to art, the pursuit of learning something. Aristotle contends that we learn from art, mainly through imitation. The learning that takes place is "gathering the meaning of things..." (227), which is something that examining imitations allows us to do. So why do humans enjoy art, and why is art a worthy pursuit? Because the study of imitation is joyful to us and fosters a pure form of learning.
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