Commitment and Communication: The Aesthetics of Receptivity and Historicity

Mei, Todd (2006) Commitment and Communication: The Aesthetics of Receptivity and Historicity. Contemporary Aesthetics, 4 . p. 30. ISSN 19328478.. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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A general tension in contemporary aesthetics can be described as existing between objective truth claims and historical relativity. The former is generally represented by the Enlightenment approaches and its descendants that ground aesthetic judgment in rationality. The latter characterizes the postmodern appeal to historicity and the exposure of historical prejudice. Following mostly the hermeneutical philosophy of Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Dupré, this paper argues how aesthetic theory, defined by either pole, inadequately accounts for historicity. In response to this critique, this paper attempts to navigate between these two poles in returning to an analysis of the nature of history and its phenomenological and ontological significance. It is in the very depth of the historical experience that aesthetics gains its greatest fecundity by means of its commitment to meaning and communication within history.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts
P Language and Literature
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Todd Mei
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2011 13:45
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2011 13:45
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