Monday, April 2, 2012

Why Beauty Matters

In case you haven't watched this one yet, I highly recommend you take the hour. George Walker posted this on his excellent blog a while back. My wife and I spent a date night watching it and haven't been able to get it out of our minds since. It has been an excellent mental journey for us through the philosophy of art and beauty.

One word of caution, Scruton includes for critique some "artwork" intended to provoke revulsion and offense. Therefore, some of the content will not be suitable for children.

"Philosopher Roger Scruton presents a provocative essay on the importance of beauty in the arts and in our lives.

In the 20th century, Scruton argues, art, architecture and music turned their backs on beauty, making a cult of ugliness and leading us into a spiritual desert.

Using the thoughts of philosophers from Plato to Kant, and by talking to artists Michael Craig-Martin and Alexander Stoddart, Scruton analyses where art went wrong and presents his own impassioned case for restoring beauty to its traditional position at the center of our civilization."