Saturday, January 17, 2009

Six Great Ideas or Arts Inc

Six Great Ideas

Author: Mortimer Jerome Adler

Each summer, Mortimer J. Adler conducts a seminar at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. At the 1981 seminar, leaders from the worlds of business, literature, education, and the arts joined him in an in-depth consideration of the six great ideas that are the subject of this book: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty - the ideas we judge by; and Liberty, Equality and Justice - the ideas we act on. The group discussions and conversations between Dr. Adler and journalist Bill Moyers were filmed for broadcast on public television, and thousands of people followed their exploration of these important ideas. Discarding the out-worn and off-putting jargon of academia, Dr. Adler dispels the myth that philosophy is the exclusive province of the specialist. He argues that "philosophy is everybody's business," and that a better understanding of these fundamental concepts is essential if we are to cope with the political, moral, and social issues that confront us daily.

Interesting book: Stephanie Oakes Burn Off 10 Pounds a Month or Change Your Mind Change Your Weight

Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights

Author: Bill Ivey

In this impassioned and persuasive book, Bill Ivey, the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, assesses the current state of the arts in America and finds cause for alarm. Even as he celebrates our ever-emerging culture and the way it enriches our lives here at home while spreading the dream of democracy around the world, he points to a looming crisis. The expanding footprint of copyright, an unconstrained arts industry marketplace, and a government unwilling to engage culture as a serious arena for public policy have come together to undermine art, artistry, and cultural heritage--the expressive life of America. In eight succinct chapters, Ivey blends personal and professional memoir, policy analysis, and deeply held convictions to explore and define a coordinated vision for art, culture, and expression in American life.

Table of Contents:
The Cultural Bill of Rights     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
Heritage     27
Artists     57
A Creative Life     94
America, Art, and the World     124
Art of Lasting Value     155
Strong, Responsible Institutions     184
The Failure of Government     222
Conclusion: Bridging the Cultural Divide     261
Acknowledgments     297
Notes     299
Bibliography     323
Index     329

No comments:

Post a Comment