i have spent the last decade or so hearing the word podcast and not really knowing what it meant. how does it relate to the ipod? it’s all such a mystery to me.
but thanks to my studio mates this semester i have finally grasped the concept and can even find radiolab episodes on my own now. wow!
last night, i came across this cool podcast, the partially examined life. the premise is that these three dudes who used to study philosophy at school together read a text and then discuss it.
I listened to a segment on youtube about arthur danto’s the philosophical disenfranchisement of art . his book the abuse of beauty is in my bag, ready to read, so it was great to hear the discussion of one of his earlier books. there are episodes on merleau-ponty, my neurotic boyfriend schopenhaur, and more. though i got a lot out of listening to the talk with out reading the text, i think it will be really fun to read some of the texts before listening. and they even link to a lot of the texts online.
i’m reading a lot right now about beauty and wonder. i’m interested in understanding more about beauty’s role in art and nature and the separation of beauty and aesthetics.
i probably should have listened more in undergrad when they were talking about greenberg and modernism right? some of the sources i’m looking at talk about beauty being removed from aesthetics way before modernism by philosophers drawing a stark like between anything that elicits desire and anything aesthetic.
i’m more inclined to side with plato’s take on the whole thing (which i am currently interpreting as) beauty makes you feel all awesome and that makes you want to understand and that leads to knowledge. or something.
i think work should be able to hold up criticism or evaluation that can take longer than an instant to be fully realized.
but is that hook so bad? (schopenhaur thinks so) maybe beauty can be the neon sign that brings somebody in closer, a means to an end. but where does beauty end and wonder begin?
“the wonder of the aesthetic state of wonder is the play of te mind over the details of the object itself. aesthetics is part of the mobility of attention, interest and delight. its lingering over the widest range of details so as to prolong its pleasurable contact…” phillip a. fisher
thanks to mia familia for all this green inspiration.