Thursday, February 7, 2013

Why Beauty Matters -- a documentary by philosopher Roger Scruton

"As for that aesthetic ‘appetency’ (to use Coleridge’s word) upon which so many of the gentle pleasures of life depend, it is open to many disasters: it dies of inanition when beauty is not duly presented to it, beauty in words, in pictures and music, in tree and flower and sky. The function of the sense of beauty is to open a paradise of pleasure for us.” (Charlotte Mason, Vol. 6, A Philosophy of Education, p. 56, via Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience)

Many thanks to Linda Fay, via Hans Gruen, for telling us about the importance of this thought-provoking documentary. In advance of a future blog post on beauty, I'm posting this (for adult viewing only). If you haven't yet seen Linda Fay's blog, Charlotte Mason Help, do check it out soon. She offers very concrete explanations that will help you grow in your ability to teach using the Charlotte Mason method.

Wishing you many blessings as you seek to immerse yourselves in this glorious way of life,


"Using the thoughts of philosophers from Plato to Kant, and by talking to artists Michael Craig-Martin and Alexander Stoddart, Scruton analyses where art went wrong and presents his own impassioned case for restoring beauty to its traditional position at the center of our civilization." Hans Gruen

Lamenting the current state of the art world, Stefano Acunto, chairman of the Italian Academy Foundation, says, “Our art spurns reason in a tipsy, self-inebriated and self-anointed binge of self-expression, attempting to capture the soul of our age by holding up a mirror of its very emptiness.”

"Art is an extravagant beauty, it feeds us more than what we need just to exist or survive. It is a rich feast for the senses. Great art is a reflection of God’s truth, His images, His creation." (Jeannette Tulis, Classical Ideas of Truth, Goodness and Beauty in a Charlotte Mason Curriculum) 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting the link to the documentary. I look forward to watching it.