Specifications: Hegel, Heidegger, and the Comedy of the End of Art

Theodore George
Texas A&M University
In the “Postscript” to his Origin of the Work of Art, Heidegger suggests that one important aim of his investigation into the relation between truth and art is to subject to scrutiny Hegel’s famous thesis on the end of art. The purpose of my essay is to contribute to this project by reexamining aspects of Hegel’s discussion of art in the Phenomenology of Spirit that appear to subvert his own thesis. Hegel’s treatment of ancient Greek drama and, specifically, some of his remarks on comedy, not only bring Hegel’s claim about the end of art into question, but also lend new insights into the possibilities for the relationship between truth and art in our age
Keywords Ancient Philosophy  Continental Philosophy  History of Philosophy  Hegel  tragedy  comedy
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ISBN(s) 1085-1968
DOI 10.5840/epoche20038111
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