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K. Martindeyl

The Evolution and End of Art as Hegelian Tragedy

2007. Vol. 4. No. 1. P. 111–119 [issue contents]
Hegel argued that tragedy involves a conflict between two rules or laws that are both equally correct but cannot be reconciled. His idea can be applied to the high arts. To be considered as art, an artifact must communicate something and it must also be novel. Eventually, these laws will come into conflict. If novelty, unpredictability, or entropy must increase continually, eventually a point will be reached where they conflict with the necessity of communication. That is, entropy will be so great that art will be incomprehensible. When that point is reached the art form will become extinct. Evidence is presented showing that poetry is on the verge of extinction and that classical music, painting, and sculpture are already extinct. Art has come to its predestined end.
Citation: Martindeyl K. (2007) Evolyutsiya i konets iskusstva kak gegelianskaya tragediya [The Evolution and End of Art as Hegelian Tragedy]. Psychology. Journal of Higher School of Economics, vol. 4, no 1, pp. 111-119 (in Russian)
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