Apr 20 2023


5:30 pm

Paul C. Vitz, Ph.D – Psychology and Visual Art: Modernist Painting and Post-Modern Art and the Recovery of Beauty

April 20, 2023

Talk Description
The kinds of art that people really enjoy. Why modernist art and post-modern art have ended. And how the recovery of the real (analog experience) is already leading to the recovery of beauty.


Dr. Vitz’s teaching and research is focused on the integration of Christian theology, especially Catholic anthropology, with psychology. This requires breaking from the modern secularism and postmodern relativism prevalent today. He is presently also addressing the following special topics: the psychology of hatred and forgiveness, the psychological importance of fathers and the relevance of psychology for understanding atheism and the psychology of the virtues. He is an editor, with two colleagues, of A Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person: Integration of Psychology and Mental Health Practice (2020). This book has been given an Expanded Reason Award, from the Benedict xvi Foundation, Rome and from the University Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid, Spain.He is also editor of a very recent book, 2021, CUA Press titled Complementarity in Women and Men: Philosophy, Theology, Art and Psychology. 
Some of Dr. Vitz’s other books are: Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship, 2nd ed; Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious; Modern Art and Modern Science: The Parallel Analysis of Vision; Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism, rev. ed.; and The Self: Beyond the Post-modern Crisis. He is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at New York University where he taught for many years prior to joining IPS/ DMU.

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