The Iconic Imagination Paperback

by Douglas Hedley;

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The Iconic Imagination

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Why is beauty consoling? Ancient and Medieval Western philosophy was primarily concerned with beauty in relation to truth and goodness. The theistic religions assume a link between beauty, goodness and truth, all of which are viewed as Divine attributes. This is one reason for the iconoclasm that all three Abrahamic religions share to a greater or lesser degree. Yet, creative fictions of great artistic beauty aspire to a certain truthfulness. A work of the imagination may deepen or purify our emotions such that we gain a clearer understanding of reality. Beauty is consoling because it resolves the contradictions of experience; art can be a conduit to a supreme transcendent unity. "The Iconic Imagination" is both a reflection on the redemptive potential of art, and an investigation of the traditions of occidental Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam in their confrontations with the particular power of art to represent the transcendent. Throughout, Hedley argues that the malaise of much contemporary reflection upon beauty is a consequence of the marginalisation of beauty's religious dimension.

The Iconic Imagination by Douglas Hedley was published by Continuum Publishing Corporation in April 2016. The ISBN for The Iconic Imagination is 9781441194633.

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Details for The Iconic Imagination

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherContinuum Publishing Corporation (April 2016)
Number of Pages256
Thickness28 mm
Height226 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4338518
Page last updated 31st May 2017
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