What’s So Wrong About Showing A Little Pride?

Posted: February 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

[F.W.J.] Schelling‘s parting shot, in the last paragraph of his final lecture, is a sharp reminder to the state that its quality will be judged by its contribution to public and private art.

In closing, let me say that it is a disgrace in those who have a direct or indirect part in governing the state not to have familiarity with or receptivity to art. Nothing honors princes and those in authority more than respect and encouragement of artists. It is a sad and shameful spectacle when those who have the means to promote art’s finest flowering waste their money on tasteless, barbarous, vulgar displays.

Even though the public at large may find it hard to grasp that art is a necessary, integral part of a state founded on Ideas, we should at least recall the example of antiquity, when festivals, public monuments, dramatic performances, and other communal activities together made up a single, universal, objective, and living work of art.

–F.W.J. Schelling, On University Studies (quoted from E.S. Shaffer’s “Romantic Philosophy and The University of Berlin”)

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  1. Natalie Van Orden says:

    I don’t consider big military parades to be about showing pride as much as they are about demonstrating strength and capacity to fight AND win in comparison to other countries (something Trump loves to do). I agree with Schelling’s statement, and I think that Trump’s desire for “tasteless, barbarous, vulgar displays” is insight into Trump’s lack of regard for culture and art (just like when he faded the 16th-century Flemish tapestries at Mar-a-Lago by exposing them to sunlight…).

  2. Carl Colby says:

    The idea of this type of art including “other communal activities,” potentially also protests and other social activism gatherings, seems a bit problematic in reference to Trump.

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