Art From The Sacred To The Profane: East and West by Frithjof Schuon

By Frithjof Schuon

This version of well known thinker Frithjof Schuon's writings with reference to artwork, chosen and edited by means of his spouse Catherine Schuon, comprises over 270 photographs-200 colour and 70 black and white. Keith Critchlow writes, "This appealing booklet . . . has the broadest assurance of any of the books on paintings that this author has visible in 40 years of training paintings and architecture." Frithjof Schuon, the most important consultant of the traditionalist university of proposal, offers the common rules and standards with which to determine sacred from profane paintings, and conventional from in simple terms "religious" paintings. He then bargains with the religious importance of the creative productions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Far-Eastern international. additionally lined are the themes of good looks and the experience of the sacred, the crafts, poetry, tune, dance, gown, and atmosphere.

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Nor does talk of fields, symbolic capital, and implicit legitimation overshadow the subtleties of the internal readings of the works themselves. Instead, reference to the field takes protagonists out of their own positions. 81 Even the most formalist approach to particular works, such as the Russian formalist analysis, which we may expect to attend most fully and concretely to the subtleties of particular novels, poems, and phrases, fits into Bourdieu's account. " 82 By this "correspondence between two homologous structures" - particular works and the literary field - we can explain the strategies adopted by writers as depending on "the position they occupy in the structure of the field" and as denoting the space of possible perspective.

90 Michael Sprinkler, Imaginary Relations: Aesthetics and Ideology in the Theory of Historical Materialism (London and New York: Verso, 1987), pp. 267—297, provides an interesting account of its nature and continuing relevance, showing that the theory is more resilient than many commentators and critics have thought. 91 See below, Richard Eldridge, "Althusser and ideological criticism of the arts," p. 191. , pp. 201-202. , p. 203. , p. 205. , p. 206. , p. 211. 97 Foucault too seems to avoid many of these criticisms.

Other practices and cultural artifacts, associations, or possibilities may do this much better. Unless aesthetic values are to serve as exemplary of all these practices, a point of view which requires a much longer defense than has usually been forthcoming, the claims made for the aesthetic development of sensibility has a much narrower focus than arguments like Biemel's and Booth's apparently assume. They seem to take for granted that exemplary works of art are of central concern, are among important 39 Salim Kemal and Ivan Gaskell 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 practices and modes of interaction for promoting the right kind of self-reflection.

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