Means and Ends

It is Immanuel Kant who wrote that people should never be treated as the means to an end but only as ends in themselves. I think about this in relation to arts policy quite a lot. All too often, art is treated as an instrument toward economic ends (see my comments on the creative placemaking movement, for example). Art, however is an end in itself. Let’s turn the policy paradigm on its head and consider that economic means are an instrument for the creation of art. That, to me, is the raison d’être of arts entrepreneurship.

About lindaessig

Linda Essig is Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Cal State LA and principal/owner of Creative Infrastructure LLC. The opinions expressed on creativeinfrastructure are her own and not those of Cal State LA. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix.
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