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Title: The Power of Ideas: The Ethical- Aesthetic Dimension of José Martí’s Humanist Teachings
Authors: Kronenberg, Clive W 
Keywords: José Martí;Humanism;Ethics;Aesthetics;Mihály Munkácsy;Christ before PilateJosé Martí;Cristo ante Pilatos
Issue Date: Aug-2014
Publisher: Hispanic Research Journal
Source: Clive W. Kronenberg. "The Power of Ideas: The Ethical- Aesthetic Dimension of José Martí’s Humanist Teachings." Hispanic Research Journal 2014; 15(4), 318-331. DOI: 10.1179/1468273714Z.00000000084
Abstract: In the context of what possibly could be perceived as the ‘age of humanism’s revival’, Martí’s fairly unexplored appraisal (in the English-speaking world) of Christ before Pilate, the acclaimed painting of the nineteenth- century Hungarian visual artist Mihály Munkácsy, suitably portrays the close, interconnected relation that exists (or should exist) between ethics and aesthetics, and their collective place in the broader framework of humanism. Martí’s positive critique of Munkácsy’s work reveals his awareness, and their significance for him, of elemental human aspirations, his earnest belief in a life based on honour and virtue, and his notion of the ‘power of ideas’ to combat human injustice in all forms. Notwithstanding the fact that Martí’s deeply enchanting appraisal and Munkácsy’s acclaimed depiction of a core article of Western religion may not share a similar origin or even a comparable vision, it is apparent that a compelling, universal strand connects them. It is argued that the elevation of humanity’s ethical-aesthetic dimensions constitutes a vital role in restoring to humanism the deep respect and value it should command.
Description: Clive W. Kronenberg. "The Power of Ideas: The Ethical- Aesthetic Dimension of José Martí’s Humanist Teachings." The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Hispanic Research Journal 2014; 15(4), 318-331. DOI: 10.1179/1468273714Z.00000000084
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1468273714Z.00000000084
http://hdl.handle.net/11189/3300
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