Monday, September 3, 2007

Aesthetic Ethics/Ethical Aesthetics

If we keep Wittgenstein’s adagio in mind that an aesthetic form or style shows an ethical perspective on the world then how should we look at art? (A different perspective needs to be shown through a different form or style.) How then should we judge Damien Hirst’s art piece titled For the Love of God? It is a skull from the 18th century in platinum and encrusted with 8601 diamonds; this work has been sold for 100 million US dollars. But what does it all come to? What sense does it have (or give)? (The use of a form or style without the will to show a perspective on one's world is nihilistic.)

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