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Conan The Barbarian 1982 Philosophical influences and The Riddle of Steel

Conan The Barbarian is a 1982 movie based on the fictional character created by Robert E. Howard whose main role was played by by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film has many references to philosophy, ...
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What is autonomy in art, where does it come from?

What is autonomy in recent art, where does it come from? I've encountered the concept in contemporary literary criticism, but recall little beyond it being prized by contemporary modernists, it ...
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Aesthetics: why is “formalism” used as a pejorative term?

Socialist realism regarded the avant-garde movements as "formalist". Modern styles like Cubism and Impressionism were considered non-representative forms of art, therefore hard to understand by the ...
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How to start to understand Walter Benjamin's work?

How should I go about starting to understand Walter Benjamin's work? I don't have any special goal, but want to get to grips with The Arcades Project. How? Just a quote from something I've not read, ...
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What does 'require' mean in this statement of Danto's view on (institutional) art?

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: The groundwork for institutional definitions was laid by Arthur Danto, better known to non-philosophers as the long-time influential art critic ...
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Is there a theory about art as a perception(way to “see” things?)

Art as a perception as in looking at an object,environment,experience in a thoughtful and slow way ,"appreciating" it,thus letting an object become art.
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Is sophistry used as a performance art in modern times?

Obviously, performance art in the narrow sense, "as an antithesis to theatre, challenging orthodox art forms and cultural norms", did not exist in Greece. Are there any well known contemporary (since ...
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Is art a form of communication?

I recently got into a discussion where the other person claimed that art is a form of communication. Bearing in mind that the definition of art is disputed, did any philosophers argue that a work ...
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What exactly is the relation betweeen artworks and communism, for Adorno?

What exactly is the relation betweeen artworks and communism, for Adorno? I have read the beginning of Negative Dialectics, and some of Aesthetic Theory, as well as a analysis of the latter, and ...
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Should we accept non-predictive inductive arguments based on cultural judgments?

Some inductive arguments that are taken seriously are based on observations about society/culture that cannot be objectively confirmed and do not produce any predictions. Does that make them less ...
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What is the difference between Adorno's 'fragmentation' and post-modern art's fragmentation?

the most authentic art is modernist art which reflects in its own fragmentation the fragmentation of society. What is the difference between Adorno's 'fragmentation' and post-modern art's ...
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Who coined a term in art philosophy refering to the danger of looking at older art through the lens of modern art? And what is it?

For example looking at african art through the lens of picasso, or certain landscape artists as proto-abstract art. Something to do with anachronism, but it was a specific art historian/philosopher ...
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Is there no basis for differentiating a personal from a historical narrative?

Is there no basis for differentiating a personal from a historical narrative? My narrative is a mess, so I'd like to get to grips with the question, ideally as it links to literature. Who in ...
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Do you need to know what philosophy is to study it?

Do you need to know what philosophy is to study it? The question was prompted by one about literature, but I'll ask here. Poets tell me that you need to know what post-modernism and modernism are to ...
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Why did Nietzsche say he would not live his life again?

Why did Nietzsche say he would not live his life again? Kaufman Gay Science p. 19 introduction... “Nietzsche in ... one of his notes... “I do not want life again. How did I endure it? ...
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Who are some (relatively) modern “platonists” with respect to aesthetics/philosophy of art?

I'm interested in discovering post-Enlightenment to contemporary thinkers who discuss art in terms of form and beauty, and imitation vs "true forms." Thanks!
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Does anyone have any good resources related to art and objective knowledge?

I am researching for a school project and so far all of the sources I have found are too difficult for me to understand (I am a high school student with English as my second language). Please help!
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Is it ethical to try to convince someone of something without explicitly letting them know what that is?

Is it ethical or virtuous to try to convince someone of something without telling them explicitly what that is? For example, is it ethical to try to convince someone that an art work by Picasso is ...
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John Ruskin “They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change”

What did John Ruskin mean when he said "They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change"? Cannot decipher that one at all... Edit: Apparently its from a poem - Love ...
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Did fiction actually give new ideas to philosophy which have been investigated by academics and studied further?

Under fiction I mean anything that has a plot: science fiction or fantasy, literature or films, etc. Philosophical ideas occur in fiction here and there, but majorly, since authors were not in ...
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Does genius always leave us asking “how”?

Does genius always leave us asking "how"? Not e.g. "why" like an eccentric creativity might. So we don't ask of Marx "why" were you interested in Feurabach or a critical analysis of the economy, or ...
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Philosophical Positions on the Purpose and Qualities of Art

What are some philosophical stances on art and its purpose? I know this is a broad question, but any sources or thoughts would be great. I am particularly interested in music.
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Which artistic form (Visual, Audio, Literary etc.) is the best at conveying emotion?

I have always felt that art, at least good art, is a method by which to convey emotion - to imbue part of the artists soul into something physical. What do philosophers say is the best medium to ...
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Thoughts on Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernist theory?

I'm curious as to what you all think about post-modernist and post-structuralist methods of analysis, as in the past year, these words have been thrown a lot in the academic and political spheres. Do ...
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Perception and Time

How is the subject of 'Time' portrayed? Is the record of human awareness and understanding of 'Time' better articulated by the history of Philosophy or better expressed by the history of Art? In ...
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Nietzsche: Does visual art reaffirm life?

In the Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche states that life is justified through artistic creativity. He analyses the ancient Greek tragedies to further elaborate on his point. My question is: would his ...
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Is the value of art always contextual, or can it ever be inherent?

A few years back, I was in a modern art museum and saw this painting by Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich: It seems to me that the value of this painting lies completely in the identity of ...
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What does Ortega y Gasset mean by “art is dehumanizing”?

In "Man and People", Ortega discusses the dehumanization of art, which is made confusing from his repeated switching between speaking literally and speaking philosophically, and by virtue of his work ...
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Is knowledge in the arts based on abductive reasoning?

Is knowledge in the arts based on abductive reasoning? In the arts esp. visual art, do we use abductive reasoning to try to come up with the best possible interpretation of a piece of visual art?
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Is there any “uniformity” in the arts?

By uniformity, I mean things like postulates, or presumptions. Can we talk about such a thing in the arts? For example, in poetry or literature (as of literary arts) or in visual arts? Thank you!
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How popular are anti-mimetic theories of literature, and with whom?

How popular are anti-mimetic theories of literature, and with whom? A bad but clear example of supposed mimesis, in writing, is the idea that 'cow' is a slow and irritating word, because of its ...
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Who (name of the science) researches meaning communicated through arts?

John I. Saeed in his famous textbook defines the Semantic as "Semantics is the study of meaning communicated through language". So - what is name for the science that researches meaning as ...
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Why do we see art and science as two separate disciplines?

I have been asking this question to both people who are artist and scientists by trade, and also those that simply 'dabble' but are not professionals. The interesting thing is that I haven't been able ...
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What is an art? When an act becomes an art? what is it's length & breadth? [closed]

I would like to know what exactly is an art. Can we consider an act of murdering without getting caught as an art? Can we consider an act of inflaming the crowd or mob for mass destruction an art? ...
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Is art the object I'm consuming or what is happening within my own mind as I consume it?

Whether the object be a painting, sculpture, or a recordings piece of music: is that the art or what's happening within my own mind when I consume it (look, listen, and so on)?
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Is art just abstract or is concrete and I simply perceive different parts of it every time?

When I enjoy any piece of art (painting, song, and so on), I've the impression of getting different perception due to the environment where I'm "consuming" it. It seems that lights, rooms, and many ...
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Has any philosopher argued that the point of life is to extract art from it?

The painter poet Lewis claimed “Just Life” or soi-disant “Reality” is a fourth quantity, made up of the Past, the Future and Art. This impure Present our Vortex despises and ignores. ...
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history of philosophy side-by-side with science and art

Do you know any books which study the history of western philosophy side-by-side with: history of mathematics, or history of physics, or history of art?
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Can science and art be described as different lenses into the human mind?

Recently I visited the Art and Science Museum in Singapore, and it struck me as a rather obvious but perhaps not commonly discussed possibility that art and science are just different lens into which ...
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Why does Schopenhauer think aesthetic experience is the suspension of pain and desire?

In an discussion about Schopenhauer , the French philosophy teacher Christophe Salaün says: "L'expérience esthétique est la suspension momentanée de la douleur, du désir. En supprimant provisoirement ...
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Term for cohesion/unity (in art)

I am trying to remember a term I once heard/read in a document -- I believe -- related to poetry and music. If not mistaken, the term was introduced by Aristotle/Plato, and it defines that: a piece of ...
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Heidegger's origin of the work of art and Nietzsche's Dionysian vs. Apollonian forces in art

In "Origin of the Work of Art" ( der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes), Heidegger talks about a piece of art as something that is both world and earth. These two are in a constant battle, in which they drive ...
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Do any moral philosophers discuss 'validation'?

Do philosphers of ethics talk about validation? The idea that my life or projects or person have some intrinsic value, specifically not just those that are innate to persons? Maybe my tags seem a ...