Relevance of the Beautiful and Other Essays

ISBN-10: 0521339537

ISBN-13: 9780521339537

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This volume makes available for the first time in English the most important of Hans-Georg Gadamer's extensive writings on art and literature. The principal text included is 'The Relevance of the Beautiful', Gadamer's most sustained treatment of philosophical aesthetics. The eleven other essays focus particularly on the challenge issued by modern painting and literature to our customary ideas of art, and use that challenge to revitalize our understanding of it. Gadamer demonstrates the continuing importance of such concepts as imitation, truth, symbol, and play for our appreciation of contemporary art, and thereby establishes its continuity with the Western tradition. The essays here are not technical and are readily accessible to the beginning student and the general reader. The collection as a whole serves to illustrate the practice of hermeneutics and to introduce Gadamer's thought. Robert Bernasconi provides an introduction clarifying the central aims of the essays and their relations to Gadamer's major work, Truth and Method, and to the philosophy of art since Kant. A bibliography of Gadamer's writings available in English is also included.
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Foreword
Editor+s introduction
Sources
The Relevance of the Beautiful
Essays
The festive character of theater
Composition and interpretation
Image and gesture
The speechless image
Art and imitation
On the contribution of poetry to the search for truth
Poetry and mimesis
The play of art
Philosophy and poetry
Aesthetic and religious experience
Appendix: intuition and vividness
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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