Worcester

Art and Philosophy

At Bromyard Road Methodist Church Meeting Room postcode WR2 5DL on Thursdays at 10:00.

Leader and Contact: Michael Lafferty

Draft Programme 2019/20 Season

This discussion group looks at visual art (primarily through Powerpoint slides) as well as considering music and literature. We are interested in some of the underlying questions about art: can you define it? Why do we regard art as being so important? Does it have a purpose? How do we judge art? Last season presentations included: Michel Henry on Abstraction: Seeing the Invisible, Two Views of Buddhist Art: Karl Jaspers and William Empson, Goethe’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Walter Benjamin’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction and Thomas Hardy’s The Bride-Night Fire. We had group readings and analysis of Reality and Its Shadow by Emmanuel Levinas, Book X of Plato’s Republic and Giorgio Agamben’s Taste. No previous experience of art, art history or philosophy is required. A love of art and an enquiring mind are all that are needed.
The members will decide on the final programme for 2019/20 depending on their interests. Suggested topics areas are indicated below:

• Presentations by the group leader or members in their own areas of interest or expertise although there is no requirement for members to do a presentation.
• Group reading and analysis of chosen essays, articles or books.
• Members’ own choice: bring something along that you admire and try to explain why. It could be poetry, painting, music or some of your own work.
• Visits: in the past we have visited the Barber Institute, the Ikon Gallery and BMAG in Birmingham and the National Portrait Gallery and the RA Summer Exhibition in London.
We are open to ideas and suggestions from new members.

The first session will begin by discussing and finalising the programme
for the 2019/20 season.
Michael Lafferty March 2019

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