Posted by: Valentino Radman | January 24, 2010

Why Beauty Matters

Seeing what passes as “art” in contemporary, postmodern world one comes to think  that beauty and good taste do not have place in it anymore. Philosopher Roger Scruton seem to agree with that statement.  In this BBC show he emphasizes 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 some wanna be “artists”, Scruton analyses where art went wrong and presents his own impassioned case for restoring beauty to its traditional position at the centre of our civilisation.

You can see the show on You Tube:

 

 

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