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Heidegger and the historical-political character of the artwork
Colóquio Internacional Hermenêutica e Arte - Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (2007)
  • Andre de Macedo Duarte
Abstract
The text discusses the historial-political character attributed by Heidegger to the artwork in his 1936 essay “The origin of the work of art”. The main argument is that Heidegger’s analysis of the artwork is simultaneously an inquiry into the possibility of a new beginning in history by means of a genuine appropriation of history, a subject-matter that was altogether absent during the project of fundamental ontology. The essay on the artwork is considered as a first step in Heidegger’s formulation of his later thesis concerning Western history as the history of Being. Incidentally, this shift in Heidegger’s understanding of history also affects the way he understands the relationship between politics and philosophy. If in his 1933 Rectorial Speech he had stressed that philosophy ought to lead the German Dasein revolution to the fulfillment of its historic mission, in the 1936 essay he then assumes a rather more cautious attitude, since by now politics is itself transformed into a theme worth of questioning, for which the philosopher has no ready answer whatsoever. This becomes evident in his inquiring of Hegel’s thesis about the artwork as an object whose enlightening capacity has been definitely weakened and confined to the past.
Keywords
  • Heidegger,
  • artwork,
  • politics,
  • history
Publication Date
2007
Citation Information
Andre de Macedo Duarte. "Heidegger and the historical-political character of the artwork" Colóquio Internacional Hermenêutica e Arte - Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andre_duarte/24/