The World and the Work of Art

Eric Hayot

in On Literary Worlds

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926695
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980499 | DOI:
The World and the Work of Art

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This chapter analyzes Heidegger and Jean-Luc Nancy' conceptions of the world and the work of art. The history of the world of the work of art is always, simultaneously, a history of the idea of the world, and a history of the world as a material substrate, and object of human practice. This book proceeds toward a historicization of the world-concept (and its appearances in works of art) that recognizes that its history is not, or not simply, the history of a philosophical concept, but rather a history of the intersection between such a concept and its practical appearance in the realm of human life. Heidegger's work recalls how widely modernity is understood as a fracture in the world-idea. This fracture is literal and metaphorical. Nancy's work on the history of the world-concept confirms for a new era the ways a material understanding of the actual world situation can function as a complement to and subtending force of the world's apprehension as a philosophical concept.

Keywords: Heidegger; Jean-Luc Nancy; world; work; art; history; modernity; world-concept

Chapter.  2576 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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