From ‘The mystical formation of Paul Tillich‘, by David Nikkel: Tillich’s decisive experience relative to art and mysticism occurred on his last furlough of World War I, which overlapped the end of that terrible War. He had turned to studying magazines and books with classic works of art to provide some sense of hope and Read more…

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Last weekend I met the American wood-carver David Esterly at a friend’s party. David told me the story of how he came to leave academia and become a highly accomplished wood-carver. He was doing a PhD in the history of art, and then one day was walking down Piccadilly Circus, and he went into St Read more…

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Last weekend I had a piece in the FT on the rise of philosophy clubs, which included some great quotes from Melvyn Bragg, one of the leading arts commentators in the UK. I thought readers might like to read the whole interview with him, so here it is! JE: In your TV show on class Read more…

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The British arts and culture sector is in a flap. The Office of National Statistics is about to finish its consultation defining the domains of well-being, and guess what…arts and culture aren’t in there! Shit! Cue some desperate lobbying of the ONS to make sure they include arts and culture in their official definition of Read more…

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One of my favourite paintings is Raphael’s School of Athens, which depicts some of the great philosophers of the ancient world. Here’s a recent BBC programme about it (unfortunately I think it’s only viewable in the UK, unless you know how to get round that). http://www.bbc.co.uk/emp/external/player.swf

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