I like this post by Peli Grietzer, which asks (and I oversimplify:) when we say art is good, are we talking about the way it reflects or illuminates some aspect of our being, or are we talking about the way it wins the culture game? And Peli finds help navigating this problem from an unexpected source: Terry Tao’s description of the simultaneously local and global nature of mathematical progress. Two friends of Quomodocumque coming together! Unexcerptable, really, so click through if you like this kind of stuff.

## Mathematical progress, artistic progress, local-to-global

**Tagged**aesthetics, criticism, peli grietzer, terry tao

In his take on the classical normative sciences, C.S. Peirce regarded logic as a special case of ethics, and ethics as a special case of aesthetics.

I once drew a sketch of how I view their relationship here:

☞ The Pragmatic Cosmos