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The TRAC conference 2014 was an important event – a breakthrough in looking at painting with a philosophical aspect.
Odd Nerdrum’s Kitsch and Roger Scruton’s Beauty were the main topics of discussion at the conference. The difference between the aesthetical views of the two philosophers, can more or less be summed up in some of what Stephen Hicks also concluded with in The Aesthetics of 21st Century Panel Discussion:
Professor Scruton is a Platonic-Kantian and Odd Nerdrum an aristotelian, reacting against Kant’s ideas, which have been so influential in the universities, politics and aesthetics since the 18th century. The former wants to observe and describe the present situation, the latter wants to change it and find a solution.