Who Decides for posterity? on the concept of classical art

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The notion of classical art is a promising notion. It suggests that there is something genuinely good and everlasting created by mankind. It is a notion that allows human to compete with God in the attempt at achieving excellence and eternity. It expresses the confidence that in spite of temporal obstacles and cultural diversity, the true values are ultimately bound to win and bridge cultural differences. However, the idea of such rocksolid values does not cohere with the widely accepted understanding that matters of taste are individual, subjective and highly sensitive to their cultural context. Moreover, the concept of classical art appears to disagree with the contemporary tendency towards cultural pluralism and the diminishing boundaries between high and low art.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation, Culture and Values
Subtitle of host publicationVolume III: Classroom Issues: Practice, Pedagogy and Curriculum
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)0203984102, 9781135698768
ISBN (Print)0750710047, 9780750710046
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2000 Selection and editorial material Mal Leicester, Celia Modgil, Sohan Modgil; individual chapters the contributors. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)


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