Art as Indispensable to Philosophy
Nov 11, 1994
To live, man needs the guidance of philosophy. Philosophic abstractions by themselves, however, are not sufficient to satisfy this need. To direct his actions by a philosophy, man needs art. Art objectifies man's metaphysical evaluations by integrating them into a perceivable whole. Philosophic principles are broad abstractions and art brings those abstractions back to the perceptual level. This three-hour course explains why man needs to have philosophy concretized and how art accomplishes this.
The course uses wide-ranging examples of art to help chew the idea that art is an objectification of metaphysical value-judgments. Because art concretizes these evaluations, it should be a constant part of one's life-as an irreplaceable source of emotional fuel and as a key means by which to maintain a benevolent universe premise.