Continental Philosophy Review 40 (2):151-170 (2007)

Heidegger’s paper ‘Art and Space’ (1969, Man and world 6. Bloomington: Indiana university Press) is the place where he gives his fullest discussion of a major art medium which is somewhat neglected in aesthetics, namely sculpture. The structure of argument in ‘Art and Space’ is cryptic even by Heidegger’s standards. The small amount of literature tends to focus on the paper’s role within Heidegger’s own oeuvre as an expression of changes in his understanding of space. This is ironic; for Heidegger’s main thematic in the essay is the way in which space is overcome in the creation of sculpture. Of course, by virtue of its three-dimensional character, sculpture seems to be a spatial medium, par excellence. The counter-intuitive character of Heidegger’s position requires, accordingly, that his argumentative strategy be scrutinized very closely. In this paper, therefore, I will examine closely the structure of Heidegger’s argument, with the aim of understanding, rectifying, and then developing his most important insights. My ultimate aim is to show the subtle, but radical points which are at issue in Heidegger’s arguments, and to develop them much further in the clarification of sculpture’s key philosophical significance.
Keywords Heidegger  Sculpture  Space  Place  Art
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11007-007-9051-8
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 62,481
External links

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

The Fate of Place, a Philosophical History.Edward Casey - 1997 - University of California Press.
Heidegger’s Philosophy of Art.Julian Young - 2001 - Cambridge University Press.
Art and Space.Martin Heidegger - 1973 - Man and World 6 (1):3-8.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Sculpture and the Sense of Place.Jakob Due Lorentzen - 2019 - Open Philosophy 2 (1):629-639.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Painting, Sculpture, Sight, and Touch.Robert Hopkins - 2004 - British Journal of Aesthetics 44 (2):149-166.
Sculpture and Space.Robert Hopkins - 2003 - In Matthew Kieran & Dominic Lopes (eds.), Imagination, Philosophy, and the Arts. Routledge. pp. 272-290.
Displacement, Space and Dwelling: Placing Gentrification Debate.Mark Davidson - 2009 - Ethics, Place and Environment 12 (2):219 – 234.
Heidegger's Theory of Space: A Critique of Dreyfus.Yoko Arisaka - 1995 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 38 (4):455 – 467.
Of Spirit: Heidegger and Derrida on Metaphysics, Ethics, and National Socialism.David Ross Fryer - 1996 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 39 (1):21 – 44.
Heidegger, Geography, and Politics.Jeff Malpas - 2008 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 2 (2):185-213.


Added to PP index

Total views
148 ( #70,759 of 2,446,285 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #456,806 of 2,446,285 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes