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QUESTION 2: Regarding the relationships and tensions among aesthetics, academics, politics, ethics, economics, and the artist. See the full text of questions for this topic.

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Shmail Amin, Student
Date submitted: 5/28/99
There definitely exsits a tension between academic teaching and aesthetic experience because of the constrained nature of the academic process where we are restricted to a prescribed course which leaves no room for aesthetic experiences...

Carmen Hermosillo
Date submitted: 4/20/99
I think that there is tension between academic teaching and aesthetic experience. I think that the tension is there because there is so much structure in large scale environments...

Kelly, from San Francisco State University
Date submitted: 3/20/99
We live to work and work to live, technology is grand, love is limited, but without the arts life is survival, and not living.

Nathalie Cabiron, Student, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Facultad de Filosofia y Letras, Carrera de Letras), and Universidad del Cine.
Date submitted:2/21/99

"I think I know academies quite well as I've been attending two of them for four years, and even though they are extremely different between each other, I see some points of coincidence about the topics of the questions I am answering at the moment.
In my opinion, academic experience is always very far away from aesthetic experience..."

Dan Glover, Writer
Date submitted:2/16/99

I. Yes and no. There can be a tension in some instances, where academic teachings become too rigid and entrenched. But isn't the real "goal" of teaching the need we feel to share with others the profound beauty we find all around us? ...

Pat Wall, Professor, The Institute for Thinking
Date submitted: 2/16/99

1. Yes. Academic teaching is about instruction; about teaching what to think, not how to think...

Justin Ions, Student of Architecture, Leeds Metropolitan Univ., England
Date submitted: 1/6/99

Here's a two minute analysis of the situation...The understanding of aesthetics is a form of complex system, and complexity is by nature irreducable to a simpler form...

Conrad Skinner
Date submitted: 1/5/99

(Re: Question 1.) Notions of aesthetic are manifold in both time and space. Surely one can have aesthetic experiences both inside and outside academe...

Anonymous
Date submitted: 11/13/98

I am not certain I understood Mr. Bohrer's assertion. Is he saying that academic teaching cannot be an aesthetic experience? Is he saying that one cannot teach or impart aesthetic experience through academic teaching? ...




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