How can we kill creativity? The English say that there’s more than one ways to skin a cat, but let’s think about this a bit. How can we kill creativity? … Continue reading Art And Creation (Part 10): Can We Kill Creativity?
Back in early 2020, the first covid lockdown in Greece found me reading the fragments of the presocratic Greek philosophers in combination with essays on the philosophy of art and … Continue reading How Did Hegel Interpret Heraclitus?
Over the course of the past couple of months, I wrote a series of articles on three different but interrelated themes: a. the myth of Laocoon, the Trojan priest whose … Continue reading Ancient Art & 19th Century Aesthetics
I recently wrote a blog series on Leo Tolstoy’s essay “What is Art”. The blogs mainly dealt with Tolstoy’s critique of his contemporary art and the art of the upper-classes. … Continue reading My work on Tolstoy’s ‘What is Art’
In 1952 Bert Haanstra, a dutch cinematographer, created the short documentary Panta Rhei. The name of the title translates as everything flows which is a phrase used to encapsulate the … Continue reading Panta Rhei (1952)
Nietzsche wrote a poem that has been interpreted as a dialogue with Heraclitus and his everlasting flame
Plotinus (ca 205-270 CE) was the founder of Neoplatonism, a school of philosophy inspired by Plato’s ideas some 600 years after the philosopher’s death. Plotinus was born in the Lycopolis … Continue reading Plotinus, Neoplatonism and Beauty
In a previous blog I presented a poem called “Heraclitus” by Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian poet and author. In that blog I also briefly introduced the pre-socratic Greek philosopher … Continue reading When Heraclitus became Borjes (part 2)
Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher from Ephesus of Asia Minor. He is said to have written only one book, On Nature, which was divided into three parts: concerning the All, … Continue reading When Heraclitus became Borjes (part 1)
A Prince From Western Libya by Constantine P. Cavafy Aristomenis, son of Menelaos,the Prince from Western Libya,was generally liked in Alexandriaduring the ten days he spent there.In keeping with his … Continue reading Analysis of the poem ‘A Prince From Western Libya’
Until mid-19th century, an unfinished artwork was unacceptable for both aesthetic and philosophical reasons. A result of this tendency was that collectors of ancient art (mainly Greek and Roman) would … Continue reading The lure of the Incomplete, the Imperfect and the Fragmented in Art
The Birth of Tragedy is among the most beautiful works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Overflowing with influences from Hegel, Schopenhauer and Wagner, all of whom the German philosopher later rejected, the … Continue reading Nietzsche on Raphael’s Transfiguration: The Illusion of Illusion
*cover photo: Ancient Rome, 1957, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Metropolitan Museum of Art. It should come across as paradoxical to even suggest that there are dead-ends in art. Artistic expression cannot … Continue reading Imitation in Art as a Dead-end: The reason Hegel would not Appreciate Zeuxis
Reading Hegel’s ” Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art”, it is difficult to remain indifferent towards the concept of the “end of art”. As is expected, this concept has been the … Continue reading The End of Art in Hegel’s Aesthetics
The following is a passage from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Theses on the Philosophy of History” (in ‘Illuminations’, translated and edited by Hannah Arendt, London, 1999). In the past I have … Continue reading History as Angelus Novus- Benjamin, Klee, Scholem
Walter Benjamin’s concept of the aura of the authentic is one of the key ideas when it comes to issues of authenticity. Benjamin developed this concept in his most celebrated … Continue reading The Aura of the Authentic: Walter Benjamin on Authenticity