Daniel Barnes

The Metaphysics of Damien Hirst
London Philosophy Club, 21 November 2013

In this short lecture, I consider whether there is any philosophical insight behind the vast amounts of money Damien Hirst's work generates. 
It is argued that Hirst  employs a metaphysics descended from Kant and ultimately Schopenhauer. This accounts for why the apparent appearance of shallow, empty aesthetics is neither minimalism nor mere abstraction, but is in fact a philosophical exploration of the darkest existential dilemmas at the core of the human condition.