Originally Posted by vernonclark
You seemed to have a Comtean take on modernism, as if the modernist had the intent of creating something perfect that could never be improved and was immutably good.
My understanding of modernism is that it is the drive to excel in spite of any traditional norms that might get in the way, which is necessarily premised on the notion that the objective good exists and is attainable, if not knowable. The post-modernist disputes the modernist premise ("there is no objective good") and his resulting efforts reflect an effort to expose false genealogies, challenge objective beliefs, illustrate absurdities, etc.
Originally Posted by StephenHero
When I ask for advice on something, it's because I can't find what I know I want in something or don't know about the technical aspects of its performance. The other day, I asked for umbrella recommendations, simply because I don't know which ones have a reputation for not breaking. What I wouldn't ask for is the appropriate color, or pattern, or handle material, etc. of an umbrella, because I recognize those are cosmetic and arbitrary to the function of an umbrella, making myself credible enough to judge their appeal without asking others. Since you asked for our help regarding your rug and furniture purely based on its "aesthetic composition" (first post), that distinction between expertise and individualism is lost on you in your search for validation of your shit.
The function of furniture is not merely to be sat on, eaten on, walked on, etc. Clearly, it has an aesthetic value as well. Ideas that I have not thought of can be helpful in refining my own aesthetic preferences. Anyway, I stated that I am open to discussing all considerations, including practical.
Asking other people for their opinions is no less valid than looking through an art book for inspiration, or reading a treatise on modernism, etc. What distinguishes the intellectual is not whether he seeks other's thoughts, but what he does with them. I thought that was obvious.