Why Americans pay too little attention to aesthetics

The distinguished British philosopher Roger Scruton will bring his extensive work on aesthetics to bear on the question of the urban environment, the subject of his next book, in an appearance at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Scruton, who has written books on the aesthetics of music and architecture, argues that no cogent environmental policy can be developed that does not, in the contest between beauty and utility, put beauty first.

Scruton’s lecture, titled “Our Urban Environment: Why Americans Don’t Pay Enough Attention to Aesthetics,” will be held on March 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Atlas 100 on campus.

Scruton appears at the invitation of Steven Hayward, CU-Boulder’s Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy.

Roger Scruton is currently visiting professor in the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, where he teaches every spring term, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a fellow of the British Academy.

He is also visiting professor in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, leading a graduate seminar during the autumn term. The author of 33 books, Scruton engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well-known as a powerful polemicist.

via Colorado Arts & Sciences Magazine » Why Americans pay too little attention to aesthetics.

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