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Contributions to Phenomenology

Art Matters

A Critical Commentary on Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art”

Authors: Harries, K.

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  • The first critical commentary on this important essay
  • Anyone interested in the current debate over the end of art should read this book
  • Does art still matter? This book makes a convincing case that it does
  • ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’ is overshadowed by Heidegger’s embrace of National Socialism. Just because of this it demands a thoughtful response
  • Provides a much needed critical confrontation
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In recent years there has thus been a great deal of talk about a possible death of art. As the title of Heidegger’s "The Origin of the Work of Art" suggests, the essay challenges such talk, just as it in turn is challenged by such talk, talk that is supported by the current state of the art-world. It was Hegel, who most profoundly argued that the shape of our modern world no longer permits us to grant art the significance it once possessed. Hegel’s proclamation of the end of art in its highest sense shadows this commentary, as it shadows Heidegger’s essay. Heidegger’s problematic turn from the philosopher Hegel to the poet Hölderlin is born of the conviction that we must not allow Hegel to here have the last word. At stake is the future of art. But more importantly, if we are to accept Heidegger’s argument, at stake is the future of humanity. But all who are eager to find in Heidegger’s essay pointers concerning where not just art, but we should be heading, should be made wary by Heidegger’s politicizing of art and aestheticizing of politics. Both remain temptations that demand a critical response. This commentary demonstrates the continued relevance of Heidegger’s reflections.

About the authors

Karsten Harries is Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and is author of The Meaning of Modern Art (Evanston, Northwestern,1968), The Bavarian Rococo Church: Between Faith and Aestheticism (New Haven: Yale, 1983), The Broken Frame: Three Lectures (Washington, D.C.: CUA Press,1990), The Ethical Function of Architecture (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1997), winner of the American Institute of Architects 8th Annual International Architecture Book Award for Criticism, and Infinity and Perspective(Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 2001), among many other publications.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Art Matters
Book Subtitle
A Critical Commentary on Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art”
Authors
Series Title
Contributions to Phenomenology
Series Volume
57
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9989-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9989-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9988-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-2602-4
Series ISSN
0923-9545
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 201
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