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This book presents a philosophy of criticism, the aim of which is to offer a technique of criticism free from bias or dogmatism. This aim cannot be achieved by simply looking at supposed facts or simply feeling values, because the main issues in criticism turn on the true nature of aesthetic facts and of aesthetic values. Stephen Pepper maintains that there are four outstanding world hypotheses with clear but differing perspectives on these issues, and that the best available judgment of the aesthetic value of a work of art consists in submitting it to the scrutiny of the four conceptions of aesthetic value characteristic of these points of view.