Sir Ernst Gombrich and the barber from Tuscany
Lang, Karen A.. (2009) Sir Ernst Gombrich and the barber from Tuscany. Human Affairs, Vol.19 (No.3). pp. 259-265. ISSN 1210-3055Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2478/v10023-009-0039-3
In the spirit of Sir Ernst Gombrich, this essay uses an anecdote—a chat between Gombrich and a barber from Tuscany—to illustrate a deeper point, namely, how cultural memory, tradition, and a canon give rise to an implied language of culture and cultural value. Gombrich staunchly defended tradition against relativism. By relativism, he meant something like "radical subjectivism." To his mind, subjectivism (in the cultural and social sense of the term) is not only impossible, since meaning is conferred through culture and society, but it is also dangerous (in the cultural and ethical sense of the term), since it denies the existence of shared values. Against consensus on the one hand and radical subjectivism on the other, Gombrich advocated a middle way: criticism and self-criticism to ensure latitude; the search for "truth" to ensure a limited plurality of interpretations.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History of Art|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Human Affairs|
|Publisher:||Slovak Academic Press Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||7|
|Page Range:||pp. 259-265|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||Translated into Czech in : Mikš, František and Kesner, Ladislav ed(s)(2010). Gombrich. Porozumět umění a jeho dějinám. Brno : Barrister & Principal, pp.199-207.|
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