Mittwoch, 18. April 2018
Charles Murray - Human Accomplishment
Some specific propositions about the roles of the shapers of accomplishment:
In the arts, the richness of the structure has most of its effect on the amount of work that is produced within a field; access to transcendental goods has most of its effect on the enduring quality of that work.
Where artists do not have coherent ideals of beauty, the work tends to be sterile. Where they do not have coherent ideals of the good, the work tends to be vulgar. Lacking access to either beauty or the good, the work tends to be shallow.
In the sciences (and humanities and the social sciences): Where scholars do not have allegiance to ideals of truth, the work tends to be false.
Accomplishment in the arts and sciences that is sterile, vulgar, shallow, or false does not endure.