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Single Idea 19839

[catalogued under 25. Society / B. The State / 8. Culture]

Full Idea

Times in which letters and arts are known to have flourished have been admired too much.

Gist of Idea

The flourishing of arts and letters is too much admired

Source

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (The Social Contract (tr Cress) [1762], III.09 n9)

A Reaction

I assume most marxists would agree with this thought. Eighteenth century France is a good candidate for this judgement. The arts always needed patronage.

Book Reference

Rousseau,Jean-Jacques: 'The Basic Political Writings', ed/tr. Cress,Donald A. [Hackett 1987], p.191