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Every Man An Artist: Readings In The Traditional Philosophy of Art
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ISBN:  0-941532-71-2
Book Size:  6" x 9"
# of Pages:  280
Language:  English



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This book brings together the worlds of the ancient, Medieval and post-Renaissance. For the former all questions of art, skill, craft, work and vocation were understood as part of a matrix of ideas integral to the spiritual nature of man; art being a virtue or habit of the mind staying in the artist. With the advent of the Renaissance, art came to be understood as referring to an external body of aesthetic works made by special people called artists. This anthology effectively outlines the traditional or “normal” philosophy of art as formulated by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy and as practiced by the majority of peoples throughout human history. These writings challenge the post-Renaissance aesthetic, pointing out its insufficiency as a way of understanding man’s practical interaction with the world, as well as its diminishment of our understanding of the true nature of man.
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Detailed Description of Every Man An Artist

This book brings together the worlds of the ancient, Medieval and post-Renaissance. For the former all questions of art, skill, craft, work and vocation were understood as part of a matrix of ideas integral to the spiritual nature of man; art being a virtue or habit of the mind staying in the artist. With the advent of the Renaissance, art came to be understood as referring to an external body of aesthetic works made by special people called artists. This anthology effectively outlines the traditional or “normal” philosophy of art as formulated by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy and as practiced by the majority of peoples throughout human history. These writings challenge the post-Renaissance aesthetic, pointing out its insufficiency as a way of understanding man’s practical interaction with the world, as well as its diminishment of our understanding of the true nature of man.

About the Author(s)

Brian Keeble

Brian Keeble is a writer and editor who has long been devoted to the promulgation of the traditional arts. His best-known book is Art: For Whom and For What? Mr. Keeble is the founder of Golgonooza Press and a co-founder of Temenos Academy, which is sponsored by The Prince's Foundation of HRH The Prince of Wales. The Temenos Academy is a teaching organization dedicated to the same central idea that had inspired the earlier Temenos Review, a journal devoted to the arts of the imagination.

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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Seyyed Hossein Nasr (b. 1933) is University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. The author of over thirty books and three hundred articles, he is one of the world’s most respected writers and speakers on Islam, its arts and sciences, and its traditional mystical path, Sufism.
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Every Man An Artist is an anthology showing that it is the human norm for all people to participate in meaningful and purposeful art, craft, and work because this is part of human nature itself. This concise introduction to the traditional philosophy of art, as it was understood for millennia in both East and West, is founded upon the idea of art as a perfection of workmanship seen in relationship to our understanding of the spiritual nature of reality.”
Banyen Books and Sound



“…We must be grateful to Brian Keeble for providing through this valuable anthology, a powerful reminder of that art which reflects both beauty and truth…”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, from the Foreword


"Every Man An Artist may open new doors to those who are looking for an ‘art de vivre’ fed with the gifts that men have received from the Creator and penetrated with the sense of sacredness."
Jean-Louis Michon, co-editor of Sufism: Love and Wisdom



"…Each of the pieces brought together here has enduring value. Taken as a whole, the book is an engrossing and inspiring record of the attempt to rediscover, and to uphold, the 'Beauty so ancient and so new' in the wilderness of a tormented century."
John Carey, writing in Temenos Review



"Keeble's anthology of readings in the traditional philosophy of art, Every Man an Artist, is so valuable because it makes accessible much that I, with extreme difficulty, attempted to discover for myself As far as I know nothing as yet has anywhere been published that is comparable in scope to the present volume, which forms a truly magisterial introduction to the understanding of the art produced in traditional societies. It is a collection of passages that could be read with benefit by anyone interested in the contemporary arts and crafts."
John Lane. author of The Spirit of Silence, writing in Resurgance



Table of Contents for Every Man An Artist

FOREWORD I
NTRODUCTION

I INTIMATIONS
Chapter 1 PLATO
Chapter 2 ARISTOTLE
Chapter 3 PLOTINUS
Chapter 4 THE HOLY BIBLE
Chapter 5 CORPUS HERMETICUM
Chapter 6 DIONYSIUS THE AREOPAGITE
Chapter 7 ERIUGENA
Chapter 8 ST JOHN OF DAMASCUS
Chapter 9 ST THEODORE THE STUDITE
Chapter 10 ST THOMAS AQUINAS
Chapter 11 ST BONAVENTURE
II FORMULATIONS
Chapter 12 LUC BENOIST The Origins of Art
Chapter 13 RENÉ GUÉNON Initiation and the Crafts
Chapter 14 RENÉ GUÉNON The Arts and their Traditional Conception
Chapter 15 ANANDA K. COOMARASWAMY A Figure of Speech or a Figure of Thought?
Chapter 16 ANANDA K. COOMARASWAMY The Christian and Oriental, or True Philosophy of Art
Chapter 17 FRITHJOF SCHUON Principles and Criteria of Art
Chapter 18 JOHN HOWARD BENSON and ARTHUR GRAHAM CAREY The General Problem
Chapter 19 ERIC GILL The Four Causes
Chapter 20 ERIC GILL Of Beauty
Chapter 21 SOETSU YANAGI Pattern
Chapter 22 TITUS BURCKHARDT The Decadence and Renewal of Christian Art
III REVERBERATIONS
Chapter23 DAVID JONES Art and Sacrament
Chapter 24 KATHLEEN RAINE The Vertical Dimension
Chapter 25 WENDELL BERRY Two Economies
Chapter 26 CECIL COLLINS `Why does Art today lack inspiration?'
Chapter 27 BERNARD LEACH Integration
Chapter 28 MICHAEL CARDEW On Pottery and Potting
Chapter 29 EDWARD JOHNSTON Formal Penmanship defined by the thing
Chapter 30 SIR JOHN TAVENER Towards the Musica Perennis

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An Excerpt from the Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

The subject of this anthology is of the greatest importance, not only for the understanding of the art produced in traditional civilizations, but also for the understanding of the real nature of the human condition and knowledge of what is means to be human. To be truly human is to reflect the Divine Image here on earth. By virtue of being human, man creates and makes and by remaining faithful to his primordial nature produces traditional art, in the vastest sense of the term. Such an art reflects here on earth the wisdom and beauty of the Divine Artisan, thus making possible the creation of the forms that lead to the world of the Spirit and the Formless. This understanding of art has been to a large extent forgotten in the modern world as a consequence of modern man’s forgetting who he is, why he is here on earth and where he is going. This anthology is, therefore, not only an exposition of the significance of traditional art, but also the means for the remembrance of what it means to be truly human, to be the pontifical man who is the bridge between Heaven and earth and a channel of grace for the world around him.

Traditional art is based on metaphysical and cosmological principles which constitute an integral aspect of the perennial philosophy as understood traditionally. These principles include the reality of the archetypal world – the Platonic paradigma – which traditional art, especially the sacred art at its heart, manifests in this world through the medium of artistic creation that is the imitation of spiritual prototypes. These principles explain the nature of the traditional artist as a being who is open inwardly to the realities which transcend the individual realm. These principles make it clear that art is not a particular type of activity but that in the traditional world everything has its own art and art is really life itself lived according to traditional norms.



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The Christian and Oriental, or True, Philosophy of ArtEvery Man an Artist: Readings in the Traditional Philosophy of ArtCoomaraswamy, Ananda Art
Two Economies Every Man an Artist: Readings in the Traditional Philosophy of ArtBerry, Wendell Art
Introduction to Every Man an ArtistEvery Man an Artist: Readings in the Traditional Philosophy of ArtKeeble, Brian Art
The Arts and their Traditional ConceptionEvery Man an Artist: Readings in the Traditional Philosophy of ArtGuénon, René Art
Initiation and the CraftsEvery Man an Artist: Readings in the Traditional Philosophy of ArtGuénon, René Art
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