Cultural Renewal (inbunden)
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Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
316
Utgivningsdatum
2014-09-30
Förlag
AldineTransaction
Dimensioner
241 x 165 x 25 mm
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589 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9781412854658
Cultural Renewal (inbunden)

Cultural Renewal

Restoring the Liberal and Fine Arts

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The decline of interest in the liberal and fine arts is widely lamented. At issue is why this decline happened and how we might restore qualitative standards by which to live. Arthur Pontynen argues that cultural decline is the consequence of a tragically anti-intellectual academic tradition-and its alternative is the cosmopolitan pursuit of wisdom and beauty. Pontynen writes that the liberal and fine arts are justified by their attempt to understand the material realization of wisdom, of that which is true and good in reality and life. The current decline marks a denial that such qualitative aspirations are realistic. Instead of understanding art as the intellectual pursuit of ontological perfection, perfection is subjectified as willful preference or experience. Consequently, the liberal and fine arts have been displaced by a naturalistic social science and a relational existentialism. This reduction denies qualitive thoughts, words, and deeds. Pontynen establishes that the arts are not obsolete, merely subjectivist, or limited to a brutal (de)constructivism. He argues for a renewed idealism that is neither reductionist, trivializing, or brutalized. Pontynen offers an alternative, global narrative that is both realistic and idealistic; one that permits us to distinguish between the trivial, the brutal, and the profound.
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-An ambitious and spirited book. It addresses the problem of 'the decline (if not collapse) of interest in the Liberal and Fine Arts, and in the humanities.' Pontynen takes the current situation to have 'significant social consequences.' The consequences reach deep and wide across cultures, and there is a centrally important role for the academy in the predicament, both in regard to how it came about and in regard to possible escapes from it. . . . Ponynen's book is rather like a philosophical biography of the decline of culture with philosophical positions as the dramatis personae. . . . It includes an opposition between Anselm and Abelard, a contrast as important to his view as the opposition between Aristotle and Nietzsche in MacIntyre's After Virtue.- --Jonathan Jacobs, The Review of Metaphysics "An ambitious and spirited book. It addresses the problem of 'the decline (if not collapse) of interest in the Liberal and Fine Arts, and in the humanities.' Pontynen takes the current situation to have 'significant social consequences.' The consequences reach deep and wide across cultures, and there is a centrally important role for the academy in the predicament, both in regard to how it came about and in regard to possible escapes from it. . . . Ponynen's book is rather like a philosophical biography of the decline of culture with philosophical positions as the dramatis personae. . . . It includes an opposition between Anselm and Abelard, a contrast as important to his view as the opposition between Aristotle and Nietzsche in MacIntyre's After Virtue." --Jonathan Jacobs, The Review of Metaphysics "An ambitious and spirited book. It addresses the problem of 'the decline (if not collapse) of interest in the Liberal and Fine Arts, and in the humanities.' Pontynen takes the current situation to have 'significant social consequences.' The consequences reach deep and wide across cultures, and there is a centrally important role for the academy in the predicament, both in regard to how it came about and in regard to possible escapes from it. . . . Ponynen's book is rather like a philosophical biography of the decline of culture with philosophical positions as the dramatis personae. . . . It includes an opposition between Anselm and Abelard, a contrast as important to his view as the opposition between Aristotle and Nietzsche in MacIntyre's After Virtue." --Jonathan Jacobs, The Review of Metaphysics

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Arthur Pontynen holds a PhD in art history from the University of Iowa, USA. He is former chairman of the department of art at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, USA, and he is the recipient of Smithsonian and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.

Innehållsförteckning

Preface 1 The Cultural Crisis 2 Culture, Relationalism, and Idealism 3 Culture, Biology, and Sociology 4 Culture and Technology 5 Nature, Science, and Culture 6 Sustainability and Culture 7 Hedonistic Ecologism: From Theodicy to Homodicy 8 Relationalism, Aestheticism, and Scientistic Racism 9 The Aesthetic Crisis in the Liberal and Fine Arts 10 Cultural Quality and the Renewal of the Liberal and Fine Arts 11 Anselm or Abelard: The Historical (Re)Turning Point 12 Perennial or Progressive Art History 13 Analogical or Existential Culture: A Case Study in Art History 14 Culture and the Meaning and Quality of Life Bibliography Index