Art and Philosophy

Boethius said that philosophy is a consolation; I would suggest that perhaps a greater consolation can be found in art, music, literature, theatre, and dance.

For while philosophy requires painstaking processes of reasoning and questioning our own deepest assumptions, art much more invitingly asks us to freely reflect while engaging emotionally with it.  A musical lyric or a painting can sometimes soothe our aching far more effectively than a logically pristine philosophical utterance.

Philosophy is a medicine for a confused reason, but art is a greater medicine for an aching heart.

September 21, 2009

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