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Autor/en: Brian Keeble
Autor/en: Brian Keeble
For Whom and for What?.
1. Juli 2005 - kartoniert - 192 Seiten
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As the title suggests, we are here addressing the most fundamental questions: Who is man? What is art? What is the bond that unites man, nature and art? The argument at the heart of this book is that what should be common to all men and women-a natural affinity with the sacred that holds out the promise of spiritual experience in everyday life- is in fact made all but impossible by the very nature of modern society. For what the modern world has set in place is nothing other than a pattern of life that prevents us from being what we truly are. The destruction of man that is part and parcel of the scientific, industrial view of our destiny cannot do otherwise than in turn destroy those values and meanings that have always been the bedrock of normal human existence. At a time when the inadequacy of modernism has become apparent, the author returns to the challenge of the English radical tradition of thought (Blake, Cobbett, Carlyle, Ruskin, Morris, Gill and others), with its critique of the industrial-now post-industrial-way of life. Through a series of highly original studies of several major English artists and craftsman, and by addressing key themes that relate to the spiritual, cultural and environmental crisis that now confronts us, the author offers a positive development of the radical perspective. Can modern man survive the process of self-mutilation he has embarked upon? In this unique study of our present predicament, the author suggests we cannot do so by turning our back on the perennial wisdom that has always informed the wisest philosophies of life, with their intuition of the sacred nature of reality.
BRIAN KEEBLE is the author of Daily Bread: Art and Work in the Reign of Quantity (2015); God and Work (2009); Art: For Whom and for What? (1998), and other essay collections as well as several collections of poetry, most recently Mask after Mask (2017). He has edited three volumes of Kathleen Raine's essays-The Inner Journey of the Poet and Other Papers (1982), The Underlying Order and Other Essays (2008), and That Wondrous Pattern: Essays on Poetry and Poets (2017)-and also edited her Collected Poems (2000). As the editor, designer, and publisher of Golgonooza Press in Ipswich, England, from 1974 to 2004, he published numerous volumes of writings related to the arts and the perennial philosophy, by authors such as Wendell Berry, Eric Gill, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Philip Sherrard. Keeble was one of the founders of the journal Temenos (London, 1980-1991), and is a fellow and former Council and Academic Board member of the Temenos Academy.
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