Category Archives: Wittgenstein

Why is art a luxury?

“I forgot armed robbery was illegal!” A joke told by Steve Martin What would it mean to forget armed robbery was illegal? What makes that so funny? Would it be like forgetting where you put your keys? Like forgetting someone’s … Continue reading

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Scarface ‘talks’ identity: A question for the arts and other human interests

This is an email (apology) to my friend Joe Patti, followed by the rant (comment on his blog) that provoked it. ………………………………………………………….. Hey Joe, I just reread my comment on your identity essay and am shocked at how strident I … Continue reading

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Beauty is axiomatic

I just read a friend’s essay on a class she is taking described as “Beastly Beauty: The Value That Astounds, Confounds, Perplexes and Vexes Us”. Its great that folks are thinking about these issues! I totally wish I could be … Continue reading

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The trouble with ‘art’

When we ask “What is art?” what we are often really asking is “What kind of thing is art?” Every adult speaker of English has learned to use the word ‘art’, so obviously we must know what it means. We … Continue reading

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Uncomfortable questions for the arts

For some time now I have been paying attention to conversations in the arts concerned with how we justify the arts in our lives, how we make the case for the arts to others, and why the arts should matter … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as too much art?

The problem we have is that we think art is some specific kind of object, so it seems the question is asking whether we can have too many ‘art objects’. I’d rather think of it as questioning our ability to … Continue reading

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Repost: The bitter truth about professional standards in pottery (and art)

(From April of last year) “Talk about equality gets off on the wrong foot if we start from the assumption that it expresses an immediate moral demand to treat everyone the same. Of course, there are thousands of legitimate reasons … Continue reading

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