Can One Cordon Off Evil Ideas From Art and Science?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Many people face the dilemma today of deciding what media and speakers are acceptable to engage. Should you watch a movie produced by an anti-Semite? Should you listen to an opera written by a composer favored by the Nazis; what about accepting scientific research that was conducted by Nazis? These moral dilemmas are at the core of a larger issue -- can there be a separation from contemptible people and the art they create?
Art is particularly problematic for those seeking morality in execution as well as theme, for many artists and performers are egotistical, vain, often willing to exploit anyone to advance their own art, and inclined toward flaunting their distaste toward conventional morality. For example, Pablo Picasso is remembered for powerful paintings, such as his anti-war masterpiece "Guernica." However, his first cubist painting, "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," shows five naked prostitutes who stare out at the viewer, taking in the perspective of a potential customer. The pa...
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