Art, Politics, and Development
In his groundbreaking study, Art, Politics and Development, Philipp Lepenies contributes to the ongoing controversy about why the track record of development aid is so dismal. He asserts that development aid policies are grounded in a specific way of literally looking at the world. This “worldview” is the result of a mental conditioning that began with the invention of linear perspective in Renaissance art. It not only triggered the emergence of modern science and brought forth our Western notion of progress, but ultimately, development as well. Art, Politics, and Development examines this process by pulling from a range of disciplines, including art history, philosophy, literature, and social science. Lepenies not only explains the shortcomings of modern aid in a novel fashion, he also proposes how aid could be done differently.
In the series Politics, History and Social Change, edited by John C. Torpey
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Art, Politics, and Development: How Linear Perspective Shaped Policies in the Western WorldUser Review - David Keymer - Book Verdict
Lepenies (senior fellow, Inst. for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany) defines development as "the efforts to develop less-developed countries by means of international aid programs ... Read full review