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The False Culture of Utility

“Culture is being threatened when all worldly objects and things, produced by the present or the past, are treated as mere functions for the life process of society, as though they are there only to fulfill some need, and for this functionalization it is almost irrelevant whether the needs in question are of a high…Read more The False Culture of Utility Posted on 23 September 2013 | 11:57 am

What is “Art” According to Arendt?

“That the arts must be functional, that cathedrals fulfill a religious need of society, that a picture is born from the need for self-expression in the individual painter and that it is looked at because of a desire for self-perfection in the spectator, all these notions are so unconnected with art and historically so new…Read more What is “Art” According to Arendt? Posted on 7 September 2012 | 11:15 am

“Downton Abbey”, a “Crisis in Culture”?

Everyone, so I am told, is watching and talking about “Downton Abbey.” It is a TV show, for those living under a bigger rock than I am. So the other day I asked the person charged with keeping me alive to the real world why the show was so compelling. The answer arrived in my…Read more “Downton Abbey”, a “Crisis in Culture”? Posted on 13 January 2012 | 3:07 pm