Idealistic Studies 40 (1/2):103-115 (2010)
My article utilizes the insights of F. W. J. Schelling’s work on aesthetics to explain the unique appeal of cave painting for people of the Upper Paleolithic,focusing mostly on the caves of Chauvet and Lascaux. Schelling argues that the unique value of artistic practices comes in the way they reconcile agents withtheir deepest ontological contradictions, namely, the tension between biological necessity and human freedom. I argue that the cave paintings of Chauvet andLascaux fit well with Schelling’s approach and his insight that art seeks to reveal the contradictory capacities of self-conscious beings in a state of fundamentalattunement rather than in discordance and disharmony. My contention is that in taking this approach, whereby aesthetic practices engender an intuition of theabsolute identity between nature and mind, we can better explain why the practice of cave painting endured for over twenty-thousand years as one common styleof artistic practice
|Keywords||Continental Philosophy History of Philosophy|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Schelling and the Revolution of Paleolithic Cave Painting.Jason J. Howard - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 1:103-111.
Intrinsically Scarce Goods.Rachel Barney & Michael J. Green - 2006 - The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 2:189-192.
Cave Art, Autism, and the Evolution of the Human Mind.Nicholas Humphrey - 1999 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (6-7):6-7.
Eros and Necessity in the Ascent From the Cave.Rachel Barney - 2008 - Ancient Philosophy 28 (2):357-72.
From a Philosophy of Self to a Philosophy of Nature: Goethe and the Development of Schelling's Naturphilosophie.Dalia Nassar - 2010 - Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 92 (3):304-321.
Paleolithic Aesthetics: The Psychology of Cave Art.Joseph Lyons - 1967 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 26 (1):107-114.
Schelling's Second Sailing.Peter Warnek - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (2):195-214.
Philosophy of History as the History of Philosophy in Schelling's System of Transcendental Idealism.Jeffrey Bernstein - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (2):233-254.
Traces of Love Inscribed by Deeds: The Question of Immortality and Schelling's Ethics.Frank Schalow - 1997 - Journal of Religious Ethics 25 (2):243 - 256.
Confess Your Contradictions: Schelling, Royce, and the Art of Atonement.Mathew A. Foust - 2012 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 26 (3):516-530.
Challenges to German Idealism: Schelling, Fichte, and Kant.Kyriaki Goudeli - 2002 - Palgrave.
Added to index2011-01-09
Total downloads11 ( #395,701 of 2,153,858 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #398,274 of 2,153,858 )
How can I increase my downloads?