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Art of Living: Aesthetics of the Ordinary in World Spiritual Traditions

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The Art of Living: Aesthetics of the Ordinary in World Spiritual Traditions is the first truly multi-cultural philosophy of art. It develops a new theory of what art is, and discusses it in relation to Zen Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism, as well as Native American, African, and African-American traditions.
Paperback, 163 pages
Published March 30th 1995 by State University of New York Press (first published March 1st 1995)
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The title makes it sound like a dull book on aesthetics. It is not.

The heart of the book is a critique of how we came to separate art from technology in Western culture - a separation which is not there in other cultures and which was not present in European culture until the 18th Century.

The consequences of this separation are that art gets removed from everyday life into the museums, art galleries and concert halls while technology becomes just "a means to an end". This goes hand in hand with
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Crispin Sartwell was born 6.20.58 in DC. His Dad (and his and his) were DC newspapermen. His Mom and Step-pa were high school teachers and later organic farmers. He got kicked out of the public school system in tenth grade for fomenting revolution, and attended the New Education Project, aka Bonzo Ragamuffin Prep, then U Maryland, Johns Hopkins, UVA. He worked as a copy boy in 1980-81 at the Washi ...more
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