The relationship between philosophy and art has always been closely connected, so that art has a unique position in the science of philosophy, as the field of aesthetics. According to Edgar Degas “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”. But what is that characteristic of art, which makes it to be considered as something so important?
Art, like philosophy, reflects reality in its relation to human, and depicts human, his spiritual world, and the relations between individuals in their interaction with the world.
- It keeps us hopeful and optimistic, by showing us pretty things.
- It makes us less lonely, by reassuring us about the normality of pain.
- It rebalances us, by proving us with qualities we lack.
- It helps us to distinguish the important from the superficial things.
- It is propaganda for what really matters.
What Alain de Botton tries to tell us is that art is a force and a platform that indicates us the way to ameliorate our way of thinking and acting. Paintings, music, books and cinema, not only broaden our horizons, but also motivate us to pursue a better quality of life.
It is indisputable that art plays a role of utmost importance concerning youths’ education. According to Friedrich Nietzsche “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike that those who think differently.” Through art education and participation in artistic events, children and adolescents, are given the stimulus to improve their creativity skills and their self-expression. But the most important is that they have the opportunity to enrich their interpersonal relationships by being introduced in new cultures and by meeting new people, and as a result new ways of thinking. Consequently, they learn to accept and respect both their selves and the others.
In conclusion, it is obvious that there is inevitable relationship between art and philosophy. Not only is art a way to obtain a creativity, but also it is a mean to gain a philosophical way of thinking and find meaning in your life. And as Michael Foucault said “What strikes me is the fact that in our society, art has become something which is related only to objects and not to individuals, or to life. That art is something which is specialized or which is done by experts who are artists. But couldn’t everyone’s life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?”