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Art's Claim to Truth


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Acknowledgments Introduction: The Hermeneutic Consequence of Art's Ontological Bearing, by Santiago Zabala Part I. Aesthetics 1. Beauty and Being in Ancient Aesthetics 2. Toward an Ontological Aesthetics 3. The Ontological Vocation of Twentieth-Century Poetics 4. Art, Feeling, and Originality in Heidegger's Aesthetics Part II. Hermeneutics 5. Pareyson: From Aesthetics to Ontology 6. From Phenomenological Aesthetics to Ontology of Art 7. Critical Methods and Hermeneutic Philosophy Part III. Truth 8. Aesthetics and Hermeneutics 9. Aesthetics and Hermeneutics in Hans-Georg Gadamer 10. The Work of Art as the Setting to Work of Truth 11. The Truth That Hurts Notes Index

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Following Heidegger's interpretation of the history of philosophy, Gianni Vattimo outlines the existential ontological conditions of aesthetics, paying particular attention to the works of Kandinsky, which reaffirm the ontological implications of art. Vattimo then builds on Hans-Georg Gadamer's theory of aesthetics and provides an alternative to a rationalistic-positivistic criticism of art. This is the heart of Vattimo's argument, and with it he demonstrates how hermeneutical philosophy reaffirms art's ontological status and makes clear the importance of hermeneutics for aesthetic studies. In a final section, Vattimo articulates the consequences of reclaiming the ontological status of aesthetics without its metaphysical implications, holding Aristotle's concept of beauty responsible for the dissolution of metaphysics itself.

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Gianni Vattimo teaches hermeneutic philosophy at the University of Turin and is a renowned public intellectual and former member of the European parliament. His books with Columbia University Press are After the Death of God, Dialogue with Nietzsche, The Future of Religion (with Richard Rorty), Nihilism and Emancipation, and After Christianity. Santiago Zabala is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Potsdam University Institute of Philosophy. He is the author of The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy: A Study of Ernst Tugendhat and The Remains of Being (forthcoming), and editor of Weakening Philosophy and of Vattimo's Nihilism and Emancipation and The Future of Religion. Luca D'Isanto is a translator, editor, and writer of numerous publications on the religious and political turn in postmodern thought.


Art's Claim to Truth offers much to work with with in the field of contemporary aesthetics. -- Daniel Guentchev Kinesis

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