Author

Maarten Doorman

Maarten Doorman is a professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and teaches philosophy at Maastricht University. He has published seven volumes of poetry and four books of philosophy. In 1994 Steeds mooier (5th ed. 2005) was shortlisted for the prestigious Flemish literary prize the Golden Owl. He has been contributor to many journals and newspapers with articles about philosophy, the visual arts, media and literature. In 2003 he published Art in Progress. A Philosophical Response to the End of the Avant-Garde, in 2004 De romantische orde (‘The Romantic Imperative’, 3rd ed, 2012). Other books are Paralipomena (2007, essays), Rousseau en ik (2012, philosophy, 6th ed. 2013), De navel van Daphne (2016, about engagement in the visual arts, 2nd ed. 2016) and Dichtbij en ver weg (2018, essays).

The Future of Art

The Future of Art

Over vooruitgang in de kunst

(Prometheus, 1994, 304 pages)

In this stimulating philosophical essay, Maarten Doorman goes against prevailing trends to argue that, in the arts at least, a belief in progress is still relevant and perhaps essential. The radical freedoms of post-modern permissiveness have had a crippling effect. More than ever before, art is in danger of becoming meaningless. The only way a work of art can acquire meaning is through its context, and the concept of progress is ideally suited as the primary criterion for establishing that context.

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The Romantic Imperative

The Romantic Imperative

(Bert Bakker, 2004, 283 pages)

Modernism and postmodernism are the pivotal concepts that Western man uses in his attempts to come to grips with his situation in the early years of this new millennium. But in The Romantic Imperative, philosopher and poet Maarten Doorman shows us that our contemporary way of life is actually influenced more than we may realise by the Romantic revolution of the early nineteenth century. For it was then that people began seeing themselves not as creatures who existed, but as creatures who became, who were in possession of an authentic ‘I’ that was more than the sum of their strict societal roles, and who had received the calling to be creative.

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