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Why Beauty Matters (2009)

Contemporary philosopher Roger Scruton presents a fascinating argument for the importance of beauty in our art and in our lives, and explores what truly is and is not beautiful, regardless of its beholder.

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Contemporary philosopher Roger Scruton presents a fascinating argument for the importance of beauty in our art and in our lives, and explores what truly is and is not beautiful, regardless of its beholder.

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Excellent defense of classical aesthetics
26 October 2016 | by gorod-1See all my reviews

Based on Roger Scruton's book with the same name, this documentary succeeds in compressing the argument in a palatable manner into a short length. The level of the discussion is high (and no, he's not lost on the matter, or about the whole subjectivity/objectivity dichotomy - some reviewer here is). He presents a cogent, succinct review of the main historical phases in aesthetics. It is true that the case is made especially from the side of classic aesthetics. It is true that good examples from modern Art are mostly omitted. However, if you have one hour to argue against a century of evolution in Art, you have to keep it direct: the value of this documentary is how well it argues for what it is in favor, not how well it argues against what it is against (although there is some of that also). I present it to my students simply as an "Excellent defense of classical aesthetics". Then we discuss the other side, the merits of modern art, etc. But it definitely raises the bar of the discussion. Normally they like it, even those that are not "converted" from their preference of modern aesthetics by it. Like the other reviewer I mentioned (who is thoughtful and interesting in most of his review, but not all, and not in the rating given), I too am biased: I think Scruton is mostly right about what he says, and I think he is a really stylish guy.


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