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Beauty Changes Everything

Emily Brady’s The Sublime in Modern Philosophy

THE SUBLIME IN MODERN PHILOSOPHY: AESTHETICS, ETHICS, AND NATURE. By Emily Brady. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Pp. Xi+227. Hard Cover $72.00, ISBN: 9780521194143. People commonly refer to pleasurable experiences of nature as experiences of beauty. Sometimes, however, beauty does... Continue Reading →

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Engineering Aesthetics: Beautifying Practical Solutions

Engineering, we might think, is simply the application of math and science to solve practical problems. However, there exists an intimate connection with aesthetics. Rolf Faste—in his article "The Role of Aesthetics in Engineering"—mentions that the word 'aesthetics' has its... Continue Reading →

The Frivolity of Beauty?

We often think of beauty in terms of 'nice', like it's something nice to have. But, we continue, it isn't really necessary. It's something that we add to our lives, if and only if everything else is in order. We... Continue Reading →

Beauty and Truth in Scientific Research

Beauty has motivated many scientists to research the world. Since many consider beauty to be subjective, this may seem a strange motivation for a field that is considered mostly objective. Ashutosh Jogalekar offers an idea about the relationship between beauty and... Continue Reading →

Medieval Aesthetics

An encyclopedia entry by Michael Spicher: Medieval Theories of Aesthetics. In this article, I explain some of the major influences, concepts, and thinkers in the Medieval period.

Why Do We Thrive on Self-Expression?

Art is supposed to be experienced. Recently in Massachusetts, there has been a big push for why the arts matter. People blasted social media with photos holding signs explaining why the arts matter, which was truly awesome. I love art,... Continue Reading →

Know Yourself! (… and your Body)

Recently I took a trip with my wife to Budapest. On our way back to the States, we had a stop in Germany. At the terminal, we sensed that we were in the presence of Americans. Did we see their... Continue Reading →

Hope Coming On

Here's something I wrote about this performance that was conceived and curated by Lanfranco Aceti: Hope Coming On.

The Value of Art

The value of art is regularly challenged. Our state recently lowered the amount of money going to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This raises a question: are the arguments we use for arts funding the best? The Americans for the Arts... Continue Reading →

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