TransfigurementsOn the True Sense of Art

TransfigurementsOn the True Sense of Art

John Sallis

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226734224

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book develops a framework for thinking about art through innovative readings of some of the most important philosophical writing on the subject by Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger. The author exposes new layers in their texts and theories while also marking their limits. By doing so, his aim is to show that philosophy needs to attend to art directly. Consequently, the author also addresses a wide range of works of art, including paintings by Raphael, Monet, and Klee; Shakespeare's comedies; and the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, and Tan Dun. Through these interpretations, he puts forth a new elaboration of the philosophy of art.