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?