August 21, 2012
The Via Positiva and the Arts – Part Four
This is the fourth installment in a series of five weekly guest posts from British artist, engineer, graphic designer, and philosopher, Mike King, introducing the Via Positiva – a spiritual orientation that is life-positive and interested in engagement with the world – and exploring its historical roots and discussing the direction he feels it’s pointing us to in the future.
The fifth essay in the series is dedicated to Andrew’s work and how Evolutionary Enlightenment fits into the broader view of the Via Positiva.
Read the introduction to ‘Part Four’ below and then download the full essay in PDF form or, if you missed any of the other essays, check them out here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.
The Via Positiva and the Arts
In this essay I complete the picture of the Via Positiva by examining the creative arts in more detail. The modern world places great store on human creativity, often finding in it and its productions a mystery of almost religious dimensions. It is obvious indeed that the creativity of not just artists but also scientists, engineers, and all the other disciplines that contribute to a modern democratic world, is to be highly regarded.
And, despite the postmodern efforts to discredit the idea of creative genius, contemporary society lavishes praise on creative individuals, in obvious ways through celebrity culture, and in quieter ways through the judgement of history and the often posthumous recognition of outstanding talent in all fields of endeavour.
I will concentrate in this essay on artists and their creativity, a creativity which we all recognize to have something akin, in its heights, to spiritual ecstasy. In the Neoplatonist Renaissance vision of the Florentine Academy, such creativity had its source in proper contemplation, and its productions spoke of spiritual truths…Click here to read the rest of the article (to download the PDF, ‘right-click’ and select “save as”)
You can learn more about Mike King by visiting his website here.
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