“Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as though it did not matter.” —Roger Scruton
Humans have an innate desire to seek out the good, the true, and the beautiful. We instinctively long to surround ourselves with objects and experiences that guide us to something greater. Unfortunately, modern society has failed to impart a coherent sense of what works are worth preserving and imitating, and what works are best kept in the drafts. How might we create beautiful things in a world that values expressions of erratic artistic impulse as divinely inspired, while works resulting from arduous labor, careful study, and painstaking craftsmanship are denigrated as “relics of the past”?
What makes a novel great? Why does poetry matter? What is the difference between art and kitsch? How might we build institutions that foster creative output while simultaneously sidestepping cringe?
Join us in Seattle from February 3rd-5th to discuss answers to these questions informed by the life and legacy of writer and philosopher Roger Scruton.