The Art Of David Hume's Children Of Eden

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Discussing art can be a difficult task due to the complexities intertwined with a topic that encompasses many aspects of human life. Art has been defined and redefined throughout history by some of the prominent minds who still influence our thinking today. While conversations about influential topics are necessary in the human condition, we should decipher which philosophers’ points are the closest to accuracy in today’s time period. In our current society, Hume’s perspective on art, however compelling it may be, is not the best way to determine the definition of art.
David Hume was born in Scotland in 1711 and he passed on in 1776. He grew up in a religious and influential household. After realizing political law was not his calling, he
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Children of Eden is a prime example of art that does not meet Hume’s criteria. This musical adapted by Stephen Schwartz and John Caird in 1990, is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Genesis. This show follows Adam, Eve and their descendants as they work through their trials and tribulations as humans with urges contrary to God’s desires. The musical spans from the creation of the world through the story of Noah and his ark. Children of Eden had a very short run on the West End, and never made it to Broadway due to a plethora of negative reviews and the beginning of the Persian Gulf …show more content…
Plato proves to have the ability to provide a marvelous critique of Hume’s philosophy on art. Its is unknown when and where Plato was born and dies, although it is suspected that he was born between 429 and 423 B.C.E and died between 348 and 347 B.C.E. As a philosopher, Plato believed that the world we experience is incomplete and a more complete realm exists in the realm of the Forms. The Forms are described as perfect and unchanging exemplars for our earthly experiences. For example, the table we experience on earth is an incomplete version of the Form of table in another realm. This is related to his idea that the body and soul are separate identities. Plato believes that the soul functions more effectively when not hindered by a body. In addition, Plato states that before we are born our souls exist amongst the Forms, making knowledge of the Forms pure recollection. Finally, Plato discusses the various roles of people in the world. The closer to the form the better it is. He believes, in order of importance, that there are users, makers and imitators. The users are the most important because they influence the makers and the imitators to better perform their functions in society. In each of these roles, the closer to the Forms the performer is, the more Plato appreciates

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