Beauty: A Very Short Introduction Audible Audiolibro – Versión íntegra
Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference.
In this Very Short Introduction audiobook, the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful and examining how we can compare differing judgments of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely.
Is there a right judgment to be made about beauty? Is it right to say there is more beauty in a classical temple than a concrete office block, more in a Rembrandt than in an Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup Cans?
Forthright and thought-provoking and as accessible as it is intellectually rigorous, this introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects that fill our lives.
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|Duración del título||6 horas y 11 minutos|
|Fecha de lanzamiento en Audible.es||febrero 26, 2019|
|Tipo de programa||Audiolibro|
|Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon|| nº1,346 en Audible Libros y Originales (Ver el Top 100 en Audible Libros y Originales) |
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nº144 en Política y ciencias sociales
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Scruton not only explores the philosophy of "beauty" (a rare commodity in this age), but he also (with subtlety) suggests a framework for understanding and exploring art itself.
For anyone interested in art, this is a must read!
This book is written with serious academic rigor and draws from cultures across the world to help us appreciate that yes, there is such a thing as real beauty, that it is a highly spiritual and metaphysical endeavour, and that what passes for "modern art" now is an obvious abomination, an insult to the word "art" in particular and the public in general. The fable of "The emperor's new clothes" aptly sums up the pretence of modern so-called-art.
Being a book written in English, by an Englishman, for an English-speaking audience, it is natural that this introduction will concentrate predominantly on the topics with...
A) The most literature and academic study.
B) The most famous works of art for the layman to recognise and appreciate and
C) The European/Hellenistic/Romanesque heritage that comprises most of the contents of the former two considerations.
However, Professor Scruton did not live in ignorance of other cultures (it would be a fruitless endeavour to try and arrive at a universally recognised intuition of beauty without looking worldwide), and he writes about examples from across the world such as the aesthetics of the Japanese tea ceremony, the dances of Indian tradition and the domineering architecture of ancient Egypt.
However, the point of this introduction is not to sweat tirelessly to equally represent all genders, cultures and heritages in a tiny introduction booklet. The point of this book is to introduce you to the concepts and nuances, in the appreciation of aesthetics and the messages conveyed in surroundings; from street buildings to the simple array of food and drink on a table. For example, he speaks of the jug of wine in the middle of the typical Mediterranean dinner table as an aesthetic statement; one that alludes to a certain style of warm relaxed life and easy access to rough wine, the aspects of daily life that are themselves an act of self-knowledge, self-awareness.
Furthermore, Professor Scruton uses many examples to explain the subtleties in difference between, say, representation and expression or erotic art and pornography, and why the distinctions are crucially important. Other sections deal with the obvious relativistic objections that arise from such a book as this, and he handles them masterfully.
For example, the elevation of the grotesque we see in so many modern so-called-art galleries today has philosophical and even political reasons and Scruton starts with Duchamp's objectively awful 1917 "work" called "Fountain", which is literally just a porcelain urinal on the floor with some graffiti on it. We see modern cliché imitations of this shock value kitsch throughout the 20th and now 21st century, from Andres Serrano's award-winning desecration called "piss christ" (A crucifix floating in a vat of the "artist's" urine) to the sculpture of an arse that won acclaim at the Tate modern. Truly, the beret-wearing, vice-reading petit bourgeois have been lapping it up for decades. Anyone daring to counter this new orthodoxy of the ugly and profane is dismissed out of hand, perhaps even condemned. Professor Scruton demolishes them completely.
You'll feel refreshed at the sound of reality being spoken once again, as real beauty is proclaimed and explained. Perhaps even nervous, as is the natural response these days when someone dares to put their head above the parapet and tell an unfashionable truth.
The further reading section is excellent, and I would highly recommend reading some of the selections from the list such as Wendy Steiner's "Venus in Exile".
If you didn't like the book, well that's fine. Perhaps just consider it a piece of provocative art?