in Transfigurements

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226734224
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734231 | DOI:

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In art, sense is transfigured. As so-called material sense, as the sensible of things, it is transfigured into a shining of something beautiful. As purely intelligible sense, it is transfigured so as to be brought before our senses, wrapped in a sensible cloak. Art issues from this double transfiguring, carried out—one knows not how—from below and from above, ascensionally and descensionally. The true sense of art lies in this double transfigurement of sense. Yet in venturing to think art as the transfigurement of sense, it is imperative not to construe this attempt as aimed at determining the essence of art.

Keywords: transfigurement; art; sense

Chapter.  4193 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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