The death of Sir Roger Scruton has left a void in British cultural life. So why does the Right dislike intellectuals?
Create Dangerously: Albert Camus and the Power and Responsibility of the Artist
On December 14, 1957, only four days after he had delivered his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Albert Camus gave another speech in Sweden, this time at Uppsala University, called “Create Dangerously: The Power and Responsibility of the Artist,” in which he argued, “To create today means to create dangerously. Every publication is a deliberate act, and that act makes us vulnerable to the passions of a century that forgives nothing.”
Exchange century for internet and you’ll know why Vintage has just rereleased this speech as its own pocket book in a new translation by Sandra Smith. These are dangerous times to create art. Which is also to say, these are the best times to create art.
But what makes these times dangerous anyway?
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The Adversarial Culture in Philosophy Does Not Serve the Truth
Adversarial criticism is commonly driven by a binary understanding of ideas. This isn't a helpful approach.