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The Promise of Art

in Transfigurements

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226734224
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226734231 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226734231.003.0009
The Promise of Art

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The promise of art concerns the way in which its future may take shape. It concerns the future of the work of art—that is, the prospect that this future will take shape in such a manner that art might remain decisive in its bearing on still-reserved happenings and on this future itself. This chapter explores the future of the work of art. This formulation is of course almost a citation, reproducing, as it does, the title of Heidegger's celebrated essay with only one alteration, though this alteration of one word enacts, at least by way of allusion, the entire series of turns that the chapter will carry out. These turns have to do both with reorienting the essay to the future and with marking certain of its limits, as Heidegger himself marked certain decisive limits in Hegel's and Nietzsche's thinking about art. By taking into account the way in which Heidegger's essay is set against the background of his engagement with Hegel and Nietzsche regarding the future of art, the futurity to which the essay is devoted can be made more evident and certain limits concerning the sense of sense can be marked more incisively. In this manner an attempt is made to chart a way of engaging art philosophically that takes a certain distance from Heidegger by resituating thought at the limits so as to trace the mutations which these limits produce—mutations that may eventually transform the entire landscape across which this way runs.

Keywords: art; future; Heidegger; Hegel; Nietzsche

Chapter.  17220 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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