The moral character of beauty

A question asked by RevSimmy in the comments: “the equation of the aesthetic and the moral – i.e. beautiful art/music has a moral effect. Do we agree? Why (/not)?”

I would say: yes, I have no doubt that beauty has an effect on character, partly from watching this programme recently (and I’ve purchased the book, but haven’t read it yet).

Of course, this is a complicated proposal. I happen to think that the Weeping Woman of Picasso is also tremendously beneficial to character – but I’m not sure I would count it as beautiful, even though I could (and have) spent ages contemplating it.

I feel on stronger ground when thinking about architecture – I think the living environment affects how we live, both directly and indirectly.

And of course music….

What do people think?

Scruton’s programme is available on Youtube, part 1 here:

The moral character of beauty

A question asked by RevSimmy in the comments: “the equation of the aesthetic and the moral – i.e. beautiful art/music has a moral effect. Do we agree? Why (/not)?”

I would say: yes, I have no doubt that beauty has an effect on character, partly from watching this programme recently (and I’ve purchased the book, but haven’t read it yet).

Of course, this is a complicated proposal. I happen to think that the Weeping Woman of Picasso is also tremendously beneficial to character – but I’m not sure I would count it as beautiful, even though I could (and have) spent ages contemplating it.

I feel on stronger ground when thinking about architecture – I think the living environment affects how we live, both directly and indirectly.

And of course music….

What do people think?

Scruton’s programme is available on Youtube, part 1 here:

The moral character of beauty

A question asked by RevSimmy in the comments: “the equation of the aesthetic and the moral – i.e. beautiful art/music has a moral effect. Do we agree? Why (/not)?”

I would say: yes, I have no doubt that beauty has an effect on character, partly from watching this programme recently (and I’ve purchased the book, but haven’t read it yet).

Of course, this is a complicated proposal. I happen to think that the Weeping Woman of Picasso is also tremendously beneficial to character – but I’m not sure I would count it as beautiful, even though I could (and have) spent ages contemplating it.

I feel on stronger ground when thinking about architecture – I think the living environment affects how we live, both directly and indirectly.

And of course music….

What do people think?

Scruton’s programme is available on Youtube, part 1 here:

TBTMs

It’s been a strange few days. Some of these links might have been shared before.

An article by Joseph Tainter.
Space and Time are NOT the reward for getting your priestly ministry done: they are the necessities for getting your priestly ministry done.
The importance of Evensong.
How the Tea Party organises without leaders.
The most spiritually literate films of… (follow links on bar on left)
The 50 funniest scenes in the history of film.
The habit forge

TBTMs

It’s been a strange few days. Some of these links might have been shared before.

An article by Joseph Tainter.
Space and Time are NOT the reward for getting your priestly ministry done: they are the necessities for getting your priestly ministry done.
The importance of Evensong.
How the Tea Party organises without leaders.
The most spiritually literate films of… (follow links on bar on left)
The 50 funniest scenes in the history of film.
The habit forge

Defending the BBC

Bishop Nick saying good and interesting things here. From a conservative point of view, what most strikes me is the confusion inherent in (what seems to be) the Tory perspective of seeking to get rid of the BBC in favour of “market forces”. This is idolatry of the first order, and actually a very good example of what conservatism is against – the destruction of an organic, entrenched, idiosyncratic, local and national institution in favour of some half-baked intellectual scheme and theory. I think there are problems with the BBC – not least bubble thinking – but it needs to be defended from the depradations of the Jacobins.

Ah – forgot that I’ve written on this before (at more length).

PS I was looking for a .gif of ‘I love BBC’ to stick on my sidebar, but can’t find one. Any hints?

Defending the BBC

Bishop Nick saying good and interesting things here. From a conservative point of view, what most strikes me is the confusion inherent in (what seems to be) the Tory perspective of seeking to get rid of the BBC in favour of “market forces”. This is idolatry of the first order, and actually a very good example of what conservatism is against – the destruction of an organic, entrenched, idiosyncratic, local and national institution in favour of some half-baked intellectual scheme and theory. I think there are problems with the BBC – not least bubble thinking – but it needs to be defended from the depradations of the Jacobins.

Ah – forgot that I’ve written on this before (at more length).

PS I was looking for a .gif of ‘I love BBC’ to stick on my sidebar, but can’t find one. Any hints?

TBTM20100831

OK – I’m back, and I’m happy :o)
Here’s some things that I’ve enjoyed reading whilst on holiday:
A snatch of old song (or, why I might take up scything)
The dimensions of things (eg Pakistan flood)
Nine challenges of alternative energy
Biblical Christianity is bankrupt
How to save the music industry
Why we shouldn’t be afraid of fear
A philosophical look at penal substitution
How much is left?
Why Green Wizards will get us nowhere (or: Transition vs JMG – a good example of where there is more in common than there is separating)

That’ll do for now.

TBTM20100831

OK – I’m back, and I’m happy :o)
Here’s some things that I’ve enjoyed reading whilst on holiday:
A snatch of old song (or, why I might take up scything)
The dimensions of things (eg Pakistan flood)
Nine challenges of alternative energy
Biblical Christianity is bankrupt
How to save the music industry
Why we shouldn’t be afraid of fear
A philosophical look at penal substitution
How much is left?
Why Green Wizards will get us nowhere (or: Transition vs JMG – a good example of where there is more in common than there is separating)

That’ll do for now.

Quote of the day

I’ve long agreed with William Gibson that, in a technologically-driven culture like ours, “the future is already here – it is just unevenly distributed.” In other words, if you want to know what society will be like in ten years time, look at what the technological people are doing now. (Handily, that’ll also tell you what the church will be like in fifty years time.)

From here, via – originally – here.