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The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand | Aristotelian or Kant-Hegelian?

Is Ayn Rand’s book on aesthetics a worthy continuation of Aristotle’s Poetics or is it inconsistent and full of contradictions? Jan-Ove Tuv, Bork Nerdrum and Nic Thurman sit down to discuss The Romantic Manifesto by the American author and philosopher.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The importance of Volition and people in action
  • Are Rand’s aesthetic ideas Kant-Hegelian?
  • Rand’s taste in painting and confusing ideology with “quality”
  • On depicting people with Flaws
  • A clear line = A clear thought?
  • Rand’s peculiar taste for modernist architecture
  • Sculptures: Just for ornamentation?
  • Romanticism: An embrace of life
  • Why figurative painters should read The Fountainhead
  • The pathos of the “indifferent” judgment
  • Romanticism gives us stories to live by

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The conversation was produced by Bork S. Nerdrum and assisted by Cassander Straumsgaard and Kristine Onsrud.
The centerpiece was a 19th century reproduction of G. F. Watts’ Hope.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"