Contemporary philosopher Roger Scruton presents a compelling argument for the importance of beauty in our art and in our lives, exploring what truly is and is not beautiful, regardless of its beholder. He argues that we are losing beauty, and with it, the meaning of life itself. He maintains that beauty is a is a value, like truth and goodness, and decries the fact that the world has turned its back on beauty.
In Why Beauty Matters, Scruton wants to persuade viewers that beauty is a universal value — bemoans the spiritual desert we have made for ourselves and offers to show us the way home. He says that it all started with Marcel Duchamp, who signed a urainal with a fictitious name – to enter a competition – he concedes that when it was made that the urainal satirized the world of art, but that now, along with the legacy it engendered, it has been interpreted in another way, showing us that anything could be art.
Using the thoughts of philosophers from Plato to Kant, and by talking to artists Michael Craig-Martin and Alexander Stoddart, the film presents his own impassioned case for restoring beauty to its traditional position at the center of our civilisation.