Philosophy and the Arts
This talk will offer some informal reflections on the aesthetic interest that some ruins (i.e. ruined buildings, monuments, etc) evoke over and above, for example, historical or conservational interests. What are the different kinds of reasons why we find certain ruins appealing? What makes some ruins pleasing and evocative while others are boring or depressing or tragic? Examples will be given of actual ruins as well as depictions of ruins in art.