Let's begin this new season of discussing philosophy online by starting with Aesthetics. This is part of getting-used-to training before the first round of the Indian Philosophy Olympiad is conducted (around November-End-December). These sessions will be largely blog assignments put up every saturday and feedback by the next saturday. I am trying to get the online lectures to work out for a larger audience (we could manage for a few people using Google / Yahoo or Tinychat last summer) and will inform you all asap.
So here goes:
What can be described as the qualities Art (read: a work of art) must possess to be described as art?
- Beauty: How would you define it? Is it subjective? (i.e. lies in the eyes of the beholder)
- Rationality: Should art confirm to logic? Can a artist not be wildly imaginitive? Should the work of art present its reasons to exist within it?
- Truth: Should art confirm to reality? Can it not distort reality?
- Heroism: Should art only describe the best and the most honorable in society? (many a times an artist shows a hero in contrast with a villain, this is allowed by the question) Can art not be about the bland, pallid, passive, commoner aspects of life?
- Purpose: Should art have a purpose? Can it not be vague and apparently "meaningless"?