Philosophical and
Aesthetic Art

he philosophical aspect is that which conveys information about the 'human condition', i.e. man as an entity capable of forced induction (see naman.htm), as an entity with a 'soul'.

This type of art always shows human figures engaged in some type of purposeful activity (in some cases a picture of a landscape might reflect something of the human condition but it is of an indirect nature). Nearly all of the "classical" art in museums throughout the world is of this type.

The aesthetic aspect is that which conveys information about the preferences of man as an entity capable of 'free induction', i.e. man as an animal, a perceptual rather than the conceptual creature of the former philosophical aspect.

Nearly all of "modern art" is of this type. It offers the viewer various "color swatches" which may be pleasing to look at at the perceptual level but which convey no philosophical information except by indirection, i.e. "What kind of an animal would paint this s__t ?!"

A claim is often made that this type of art is "abstract", i.e. it is an abstraction of a philosophical principle. It is not. They are what they appear to be ... just colors swatches.

Resurrection of Christ - Piero Della Francesca You're damn right I mean it. Untitled - Mark Rothko

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