Monday, 18 March 2013

Why Beauty Matters

I wanted to share this with you as I believe our approach to art is carefully discussed in this BBC program... 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.

With thanks to RCL Video Library for saving this footage for us to enjoy.

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