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Re: aesthetic evaluation (was: RE: (OT) Music

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Friday, June 14, 2002, 17:41
In a message dated 06/13/2002 11.34.38 AM, butsuri@BTOPENWORLD.COM writes:

>JS Bangs writes: > > And Rosta sikyal: > > > > > > Where did the word "justifiable" come from? If we elect principles, > > > > what justification need there be for them? > > > > > > It's their justifiability that makes moral and aesthetic principles > > > and judgements more than a mere matter of taste. If we elect > > > unjustifiable principles, then judgements based on those principles > > > inherit that unjustifiability. > > > > If I may jump in late with a "Me, too," I wholly agree with what And is > > saying, both here and in his original post. Although we may never agree
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> > a set of aesthetic principles, just as we may not agree on moral > > principles, it's still better to attempt to formulate and justify > > aesthetics and morals, instead of simply acquiescing to "anything goes." > > IMHO. > > >How does one justify moral or aesthetic principles other than with >respect to a set of moral or aesthetic principles?
IMHO... a rigid, over-defined set of moral and aesthetic principles is not adaptable enough for survival in this age nor free or creative enough -AND- none at all is sheer nihilism and/or existentialistic apathy... these are both extremes. So IMMHO some kind of flexible "middle path" 'tween these extremes is always best :) and even this may fluctuate depending on necessity, contingency or situation. Or inspiration/creative impulse. Sh*t Happens... go with the flow ;) "Profound but contradictory ideas may exist side by side... Each tells us something important about where we stand in the universe." - Neil Postman Does this make sense - both logically and intuitively 0_o? ;) Hanuman Zhang {HANoomaan JAHng} /'hanuma~n dZahN/ ~§~ Ars imitatur Naturam in sua operatione. "Art is the imitation of Nature in her manner of operation." " The most beautiful order is a heap of sweepings piled up at random." ~ Heraclitus, c. 500 BCE " jinsei to iu mono wa, kinchou na geijyutsu to ieru deshou " <Japanese> = lit. "one can probably say that 'life' is a precious artform"