Art, philosophy meet for discussion

Jan 30, 2013
“Elegy to the Spanish Republic” is a painting  by Robert Motherwell.

Camden — On Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Camden Philosophical Society will meet to discuss more philosophical readings concerning art, the art world and philosophy of art at the downtown Camden Public Library.

The group will be reading the Introduction and Chapter 1, “Hegel, ‘Progress,’ and the Avant-Garde in Europe,” from Lucian Krukowski’s “Art and Concept,” University of Massachusetts Press, 1987. Krukowski is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Washington University in St. Louis. He was already an established artist when he took a detour and transferred from Washington University in St. Louis's School of Fine Arts to the university's department of philosophy; and he has successfully combined his two passions ever since. From the collected writings of Robert Motherwell, there will be three extremely short excerpts, “Of Form and Content” (circa 1950s), “Remarks” (1982) and “Animating Rhythm” (1984).

Together, these two represent the artist who philosophizes and the philosopher who makes art. The pairing is a fitting follow-up to the Society’s Wittgenstein reading in January since one understanding of his views might conclude that strictly academic philosophers have completely unmoored themselves from everyday life practices and so become preoccupied with meaningless questions.

The Camden Philosophical Society’s monthly reading group has welcomed all interested for seven years; no formal philosophical training is necessary to read, discuss and enjoy its always-friendly arguments. Everyone with an interest in reading and discussion are welcome. Hard copies of current readings are available at the library circulation desk for reading or personal copying there.

The Camden Philosophical Society’s reading group meets each second Tuesday of the month at the library, and has created an annual conference in Camden under the general theme Philosophy at the Edge. This season’s monthly readings are concentrating on philosophy and art in preparation for the 2013 conference on that theme. For more information, send email to

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