Philosophy Weekend: Faces

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Who wants words, on an August weekend before the final week of the summer? I don't. Let's look at some pictures instead.

Renee Jorgensen Bolinger, a philosophy graduate student at the University of Southern California, has found a fresh way to think about her favorite thinkers: she paints their portraits, mimicking styles of thematically corresponding classic painters. That's Wittgenstein/Mondrian at top left, W. V. O. Quine/Dali top right, Kierkegaard/Lichtenstein bottom left, Philippa Foot/Toulouse-Lautrec bottom right. (I've never heard of Philippa Foot before, but apparently she's a neo-Aristotlean ethicist).

I always try to find new angles with which to look at the history of philosophy, and I like the idea of matching classic thinkers to classic artists. Which classic artist would you pair with, say, Friedrich Nietzsche? (Please don't say Caspar David Friedrich ... too obvious). Perhaps Cezanne? I'm not sure why.

How about Jean-Paul Sartre? I'm drawing a blank.

Jacques Derrida in Matisse might be nice.

An Edward Hopper William James, anyone?

The enterprising Renee Bolinger has even created a calendar featuring these portraits. Thanks to Leiter Reports for the link.

This article is part of the series Philosophy Weekend. The next post in the series is Philosophy Weekend: Hope in Syria. The previous post in the series is Philosophy Weekend: Your Frame of Reference.
6 Responses to "Philosophy Weekend: Faces"

by TKG on

Nietzsche gotta go with van Gogh, or maybe better, Jackson Pollock.

Sartre, Maxfield Parish. I was going to say Norman Rockwell, but don't mean to demean Rockwell.

Derrida. Vargas.


I see them all in wire......

by Michael.Norris on

Sartre by Arcimboldo - all in vegetables
Simone de Beauvoir by Botticelli à la Primavera, surrounded by Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, Mary Wollstonecroft and Albert Camus as Mercury
Nietzsche by Rembrandt
Schopenhauer by Vermeer
Bernard-Henri Lévy by Warhol

And Aristotle by (gasp!) Don Martin

by TKG on

It's in pre-production now.

Arnie Aristotle is Don Martin's Fester Bestertester.

Christmas 2015.

by Levi Asher on

These are the greatest suggestions in the world. Especially the Don Martin.

by Claudia on

What a great combination of the arts and letters!

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