Freedom and Exile: Edgar Wind and the Congress for Cultural Freedom

Thomas, Ben D. H. (2016) Freedom and Exile: Edgar Wind and the Congress for Cultural Freedom. In: Crossing Continents: Exile and Expatriate Histories of Art. Routledge. ISBN ???. (In press) (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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Abstract

During the years 1952-53 the art historian and philosopher Edgar Wind participated in several major cultural events organized by the Congress for Cultural Freedom – notably the arts festival Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century in Paris in 1952, and the conference Science and Freedom in Hamburg in 1953. Wind’s involvement in this high profile anti-communist organization, covertly funded by the CIA, led him to reflect on his experience of exile, the threat posed to The Warburg Institute by the Nazis in the 1930s, and the parallels with his current experience of American academia at the height of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s influence. The moving impact of his return to Hamburg in 1953 prompted Wind to make an unusually personal definition of freedom as resulting from ‘the breaking up of habitus’, contrasting with Martin Heidegger’s contemporary concept of ‘dwelling’ and closer to Theodor Adorno’s argument in Minima Moralia that ‘dwelling, in the proper sense, is now impossible’ and that today ‘it is part of morality not to be at home in one’s home’.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: D History General and Old World
E History America
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > History and Philosophy of Art
Depositing User: Ben Thomas
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2012 10:21 UTC
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 12:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31620 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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