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Continuing his exploration of the substance of a basic education, Mortimer J. Adler examines the inherent values of various art forms and considers their significance within a well-rounded curriculum. He maintains that imaginative literature and works of science, philosophy, theology, and history act upon our intellects and stimulate the discussion of ideas. The non-verbalContinuing his exploration of the substance of a basic education, Mortimer J. Adler examines the inherent values of various art forms and considers their significance within a well-rounded curriculum. He maintains that imaginative literature and works of science, philosophy, theology, and history act upon our intellects and stimulate the discussion of ideas. The non-verbal arts, which act directly and powerfully on our emotions and sentiments without the intermediation of thought, are to be valued for their beauty, their workmanship, and the pleasure they give rather than their contributions to a body of ideas. Elucidating his ideas through the discussion of specific works, Adler concludes that an appreciation of all the human arts is essential to the development of a fully cultivated and well-educated person....

Title : Art, the Arts, and the Great Ideas
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ISBN : 9780684804200
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Art, the Arts, and the Great Ideas Reviews

  • Jessica
    2019-05-15 13:32

    This is an expansion of Adler's thoughts about arts education as outlined in his Paideia Proposal. He argues that music and visual art cannot, by their nature, contribute to the great ideas. In some ways I can see where he is coming from, and in others I think he is wrong. If we look at art and music as only emotional or aesthetic experiences, we miss out of their broader meaning as mirrors to the great ideas and how thoughts has changed over time.

  • Daniel Taylor
    2019-05-20 15:33

    What do the arts have to say about the Great Ideas -- the 102 ideas Adler named in the Great Books of the Western World as being the topics the greatest thinkers have discussed? It's an important question as more people will be moved by artwork and music than those who will be impacted by imaginative literature.