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Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 10, Issue 2, 2013

Aesthetic Values and the Process of Civilization

Aldo Marroni
Pages 7-22
DOI: 10.5840/cultura201310210

The Aesthetic Crisis of Society

The evaluation of subjectivity and the birth of aesthetics represent the presuppositions of the modern idea of civilization, intended as an endless progress of society. In the contemporary world, the degeneration of subjectivity into narcissism and aesthetics into intimism has destroyed the productive relationship between individual sentiments and society, leading to the phenomenon of neo-cynical decivilization.