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Saturday, April 07, 2012

The Importance of Beauty - Roger Scruton on the BBC

A Quite Excellent essay on the importance and usefulness and utter uselessness of Beauty.
Beauty that has been abandoned by the realm of present day plastic and visual Arts. While the vapid Art World loudly proclaims that whatever they say goes as "ART", Roger Scruton presents a cogent, patient, and gentle counter argument. Real Art does in fact have meaning and leads us to transcendence. However the current Art Drivel that is self proclaimed, and self important does not.

- Paul Kiler

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 centre of our civilisation

Watch this link below, 57 minutes


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