Can Anything Be Art?

Scott Smith —  July 15, 2012 — 1 Comment

“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 centre of our civilisation.” – BBC2


If Scruton is right, Postmodernism has resulted in a loveless culture. I think he has a valid point. After watching this video, I’d be curious to hear whether you agree with his assessment.

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Scott Smith is a lifelong Christian and an active member of his church. He enjoys blogging and teaching on Christian theology and defense as well as engaging skeptics in debate regarding Christian truth claims. Scott is a co-founder of Etcetera as well as TC Apologetics, and in his spare time he runs his own 3D design company.
  • NJOY

    I agree that Mr. Scruton has a valid point.  I think we’ve all noticed the loss of beauty in our lives.

      As we’ve become more industrialized, we’ve become more competitive, and with that has come rampant consumerism.  There is only so much time in each person’s day, and most of those days are taken up with the mundane, so Poetry; Painting; Music…art of any kind is considered a luxury we cannot afford to “waste” time on. 

     Tickets to a sporting event take precedent over tickets to an opera, for instance.  
     Our souls are wounded by this neglect, but we do not know it. 
     The only “music” most of us have ever listened to seriously is Hard Rock or Heavy Metal or Rap.  What is considered dance these days is stomping and tumbling. 

    We build modern structures in our quaint small towns instead of creating architecturally compatible buildings like the ones that have stood the test of time.
      Clothing has become more and more casual.  People dance barefoot at weddings today, which was unheard of just a few decades ago.  We shove wedding cake in each other’s faces instead of feeding each other.  On and on and on it goes in this downhill spiral…and Yet…with progress, hasn’t it always been this way? 

     The new way of being is always looked down upon by  older citizens.  I don’t think vomiting in cartoons is anything to laugh about, but evidently some people do.  I don’t think an unmade bed or urinal is art, but evidently some artist do.  I know my own stab at creative writing is not Literature, but it gives me a great deal of pleasure.  So, while I can sit here and agree with Mr. Scruton, (and feel certain he is right) there is something in me that says, “hasn’t it always been this way?”