David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Estetika 47 (2):123-143 (2010)
Levinas’s comments on art appear contradictory. On the one hand, he criticizes art as being disengaged from ethical concerns and constituting a possibility of moral evasion; on the other hand, he engages quite closely and in a supportive fashion with some art, such as Paul Celan’s poetry. Interpreters commonly argue that only one of Levinas’s conceptions of art, either the affirmative or the negative, represents his true attitude towards art. In this article the author seeks to make both statements compatible with each other and thus relevant to Levinas’s conception of art. She focuses on his essay ‘Reality and Its Shadow’, where art is diagnosed as an ambiguous phenomenon. She argues that full understanding of the ambiguity of art demands that Levinas’s different statements about art are considered together; only thus can the complete picture of the ambiguity emerge. Furthermore, it turns out that the very same feature which makes art open to misunderstanding – namely, its precarious materiality – also allows an artwork to sustain itself and to be revived. Art reveals a shadow, withdrawal, or resistance that belongs to reality itself
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Silvia Benso (2008). Aesth-Ethics. Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 13 (1):163-183.
Henry McDonald (2010). Art and Impowerment: Levinas, Nietzsche, and the Ethics of Literary Discourse. The European Legacy 15 (4):439-465.
Kathleen Kadon Desmond (2011). Ideas About Art. Wiley-Blackwell.
Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1995). The Transformation of Nature in Art. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd..
Peter Atterton (2007). Art, Religion, and Ethics Post Mortem Dei. Levinas Studies 2:105-132.
Nick Zangwill (2002). Are There Counterexamples to Aesthetic Theories of Art? Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 60 (2):111–118.
Christy Mag Uidhir & Cameron Buckner (forthcoming). A Portrait of the Artist as an Aesthetic Expert. In Gregory Currie, Matthew Kieran & Aaron Meskin (eds.), Aesthetics and the Sciences. Oxford University Press.
Nick Smith (2007). Adorno Vs. Levinas: Evaluating Points of Contention. [REVIEW] Continental Philosophy Review 40 (3):275-306.
Gary Iseminger (2004). The Aesthetic Function of Art. Cornell University Press.
Harold Osborne (1972). Aesthetics. London,Oxford University Press.
Gerhard Seel (2012). Rethinking Art and Philosophy of Art. Journal of Philosophical Research 37 (Supplement):77-84.
Keith Lehrer (2012). Art, Self, and Knowledge. Oxford University Press.
Lars Aagaard-Mogensen (ed.) (1976). Culture and Art: An Anthology. Humanities Press.
Aaron Smuts (2005). Are Video Games Art? Contemporary Aesthetics 2.
Added to index2011-02-18
Total downloads21 ( #81,671 of 1,101,740 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #178,427 of 1,101,740 )
How can I increase my downloads?