Art, Education, and the Democratic Commitment: A Defence of by David T. Schwartz (auth.)

By David T. Schwartz (auth.)

In reflecting in this ebook and the method of writing it, the main pervasive subject matter i locate is that of confluence. I drew a lot of the power had to write the publication from the strength that is living on the confluence, or nexus, of contrasting rules. on the such a lot basic point, the subject of arts subsidy provided a way of exploring at the same time of my favourite philosophical subjects-aesthetics and politics. the danger of a twin concentration is naturally that you just do neither subject justice. even if, the larger payoff of this procedure is living to find new and engaging connections among in a different way disparate issues. constructing such connections among paintings and politics led on to a few of the book's optimistic arguments for subsidy. At a deeper point, the ebook exploits a confluence of contrasting philosophical methodologies. The crucial challenge of the e-book­ politically justifying kingdom aid of the arts-is forged within the Anglo­ American culture of analytical philosophy. right here normative arguments of ethics and politics are scrutinized with an eye fixed towards constructing a defensible justification of nation motion. but whereas the publication at first situates the subsidy challenge inside of this analytical culture, its optimistic arguments for subsidy draw seriously from the tips and strategies of Continental philosophy. instead of adjudicating normative claims of moral and political ttuth, the Continental culture goals on the hermeneutical activity of studying and describing sttuctures of human meaning.

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With such a mundane agenda and so many warts, it is sometimes puzzling that we so easily pledge allegiance to democracy. Yet while democracy is in a sense only a public decision procedure, it is distinguished by the fact it bestows special legitimacy upon public decisions. Some claim democracy is the only form of government capable of political legitimacy.! Such legitimacy stems from the fact that democratic procedures privilege who decides political questions over what gets decided. A democratic government carries legitimacy because its policies are created not by an external authority (however benevolent) but by the very people who must abide by those policies-the governed.

20 Neutralists who advocate arts subsidies thus face an impasse. Caught between the demands of neutrality and the aspirations of perfectionism, they must either: (1) abandon neutrality as the guiding principle of state action, or (2) abandon perfectionism as their strategy for justifying arts subsidies. , Rawls), or (4) formulate a cogent nonperfectionist argument for subsidy. The remainder of this section works to establish the 22 THE TRADITION OF SUBSIDY: ART AND CULTURAL PERFECTION implausibility of abandoning neutrality, and therefore it argues in favor of rejecting perfectionism as a political principle.

1. Aristotle also held admiration of beauty to be an intrinsic good for man, but he viewed it as a subordinate good to the highest good of rational contemplation. Also, I ignore here certain controversies about whether Aristotle actually held rational contemplation to be the single best life for man. The perfectionist literatute typically takes this assumption as unconttoversial, and so in this context I do not question it here. 8 Raz, Joseph. The Morality of Freedom. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986, p.

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