Do the arts make us better people? Are they a sign of civilization? Why should 'high' be thought higher than 'low'? Are judgements about art anything more than personal opinions? What are works of art anyway - do they belong to some special, sacred category? Can the brain-scientists who are investigating the arts tell us anything useful about them? In the first part of his new book John Carey returns startling answers to these and related questions. In the second part he makes out a self-confessedly personal and subjective case for the superiority of literature to all other arts.
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John Carey has been at various points in his life a soldier, a barman, a television critic, a beekeeper, a printmaker and a professor of literature at Oxford. His many books include. The Intellectuals and the Masses and Faber anthologies on the subjects of Reportage, Science and Utopias.
What Good are the Arts? by John Carey
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