Scruton’s biography is impeccable: Senior Associate professor at Oxford University’s Blackfriars Hall, research professor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia, corresponding member of the British Academy and author of over 30 books with political or cultural issue.
Is recognized as a conservative personality and freedom of opinion and not least as a gourmet implicitly of good knowledge of quality wines (with contributions from The World of Fine Wine) and a passionate hunter.
Quoting Plato and Kant, or taking interviews from artists Michael Craig-Martin and Alexander Stoddart, Scruton analyzes the wrong direction in contemporary art and architecture, making a impersonal plea but impressive for restoring beauty to a central position, traditional , of our civilization.
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.
Artistic argue against the likes of Picasso, to create academic manner, is raised to the level of sublime, expressive failure is praised as creativity, impertinence to promote sordid and ugly as aesthetic values and use the term “conceptual” garbage attached what we are neck stuff as art, symbolism is considered progressive.
Overall, we are dealing with nothing more than another form of non-value hierarchy, this time promoted art and not subject to usury policy (renamed Finance), hence in fact this trend.
You feel good in their skin, but only seeking company of complete nullity, incompetent climbing the social ladder in any field, praising its beauty ideal, consisting of a generalized kitsch complementary “culture” coca-cola and fast food.
I suggest you watch a documentary out of the ordinary, an emotional plea, a request serving a nice idea in these times when I almost forgot a simple but perfect sunrise.
Watch BBC – Why Beauty Matters
Why Beauty Matters,