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“Aesthetics and Consciousness” (Part 1)
Starting a new series on Aesthetics, we shall explore what represents beauty and what is the nature of art? As we enter the museum of the imagination, the first artwork we see is Rodin’s “The Thinker”. What do you imagine the figure is thinking about? What experiences in your life does the sculpture evoke? In the next room, we will hear Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. What does the music communicate to us? We’ll also review some other pieces of music and art, plus a passage from Thoreau:
“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden
In future parts of this series, we shall explore other dimensions of Aesthetics: in Science, Math, Technology, Fashion, and Architecture, plus great thinkers like Kant, Schopenhauer, and Marcuse. Please join StoicDan and Ellen this Sunday for Part 1 of “Aesthetics and Consciousness”.
Rodin’s “The Thinker” (1904)
Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” (1801)
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