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The making of an industrialized society will extinguish the meaning of the arts, as humanity has known them in the past, by changing the conditions of life that have given art a meaning. For they have been produced in societies which were for the most part stable, religious, and agrarian; where the goodness of life was measured by a scale of values having little to do with the material values of industrialism; where men were never too far removed from nature to forget that the chief subject of art, in the final sense, is nature. —”A Mirror for Artists,” in I’ll Take My Stand

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  1. You have to love Donald Davidson, and you have to love how he says things. What he says here is very well-stated.

    It is, however, entirely false…..fortunately.

    But you still have to love Donald Davidson….

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