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Field Commanders in the Beauty Underground ...continued
The defenders and advocates of beauty, quoted in “Beauty makes a come-back”

 


James Hillman
“I therefore feel justified in speaking of the repression of beauty.”

James Hillman

Sigmund Freud's most brilliant student, Carl Jung, adopted the fundamental insights of his teacher, but used them to reach very different conclusions. Jung's own most innovative student, James Hillman, followed much the same pattern. Hillman moved from New Jersey to Switzerland in the fifties to study with the great psychologist. He went on to become the first Director of Studies at the Jung Institute in Zürich. In 1975 he wrote one of the most innovative and influential works of psychology of the late twentieth century, Re-Visioning Psychology, which pioneered a new school of psychological thought, Archetypal Psychology. Hillman is the author of more than twenty books, including The Soul's Code, Healing Fiction, The Dream and the Underworld, Inter Views, and Suicide and the Soul. In 2001, he was awarded the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic in a ceremony introduced by his friend Mikhail Gorbachev.

 


Wendy Steiner
“ The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art”

Wendy Steiner

Dr. Wendy Steiner is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania . Her book The Scandal of Pleasure: Art in an Age of Fundamentalism was on The New York Times list of "100 Best Books of 1996." She has published over 150 articles and reviews on books, painting, architecture, and general culture. In her latest book, Venus in Exile: The Rejection of Beauty in Twentieth-Century Art, Steiner considers how modernism, in literature and the performing arts, as well as in visual art, replaced beauty with more negative attitudes, such as alienation and anxiety.

 

 


Denis Dutton
“Beauty’s on the comeback trail.”

Denis Dutton

Denis Dutton works in aesthetics and the philosophy of art. His research is focussed on Darwinian applications in aesthetics: the manner in which human interests, pleasures, and tastes are shaped by the evolution of the human species. He teaches the philosophy of art at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

There is lots of good reading on his personal website.

Denis Dutton is founder and editor of the highly regarded Web publication, Arts & Letters Daily.

He is also editor of the journal Philosophy and Literature.

He also created the Bad Writing Contest celebrating the most stylistically lamentable passages found in scholarly books and articles published in the last few years.

 


Arthur C. Danto
“Beauty is the only one of the aesthetic qualities that is also a value, like truth and goodness.”

Arthur C. Danto

Arthur C. Danto is Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University and art critic for The Nation. In addition to his many books on philosophy, he has published several collections of art criticism, including Encounters and Reflections: Art in the Historical Present, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism; Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective; Playing With the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe; and, most recently, The Madonna of the Future: Essays in a Pluralistic Art World.

 

 


Nancy Etcoff
“Outside the realm of ideas, beauty rules.”

Nancy Etcoff

Nancy Etcoff is the author of Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty, which is the subject of a one-hour Discovery Channel program. In this provocative, witty, and thoroughly researched inquiry into what we find beautiful and why, Nancy Etcoff skewers one of our culture's most enduring myths: the pursuit of beauty is a learned behavior. Etcoff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and a practicing psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital , puts forth that beauty is neither a cultural construction, an invention of the fashion industry, nor a backlash against feminism—it is in our biology. It's an essential and ineradicable part of human nature that is revered and ferociously pursued in nearly every civilization.

Etcoff has conducted research on the perception of beauty, emotion, and the brain for over fifteen years.


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