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September 21, 2015

George SmithThe Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA)
IDSVA founder & president, George Smith. Courtesy of IDSVA. Photo: Jack Montgomery.

In The Artist-Philosopher and New Philosophy, Smith argues that philosophy has indeed come to what Heidegger described as “an end.” That is hardly to say philosophy as such is over or soon to disappear; but rather that its useful purpose as a medium of cultural change and as a generator of history has run its course.

He thus calls for a New Philosophy, conceptualized by the artist-philosopher who “makes” or “poeticizes” this New Philosophy, spanning literary and theoretical discourses and operating across art in all its forms.

To this end, Smith proposes the establishment of schools and social networks that serve as education programs for the training and development of artist-philosophers, as well as global digital networks that are themselves designed toward an “ever-becoming community.”

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