Art Is For Seeing Evil

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What is the point of art? In her essay, philosophy professor Agnes Callard explores the complex theories behind the meaning of art like plays, poetry, photography and film. According to many, art exists to entertain or provide self-expression. But Callard theorises that art can also be a channel to show negative human experience. She uses the word “evil” to envelop the wide range of negative emotions expressed in art, including self-pity, despair, failure, fear, isolation, and shame. Read full article here

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