The Evolution and End of Art as Hegelian Tragedy


Hegel argued that tragedy involves a conflict between two rules or laws that are both equally correct but can. not be reconciled. His idea can be appli.ed to the high arts. To be considered as art, an artifact must communicate so. mething 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 they conflict with the necessity of communication. That is, entropy will be so great that art will be incom.prehensible. When that point is re.ached the art form will become extinct. Evidence is presented showing that poetry is on the verge of extinction and that classical music, painting, and scul.pture are already extinct. Art has come to its predestined end.

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Journal rubric: Philosophical and Methodological Problems

For citation: Martindale C. The Evolution and End of Art as Hegelian Tragedy. Psychology, 2007. Vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 111–119. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Colin Martindale, PhD in Psychology, Professor Emeritus, Maine University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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