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The Pensive ImageArt as a Form of Thinking$
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Hanneke Grootenboer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226717951

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226718002.001.0001

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Room for Reflection

Room for Reflection

Interior and Interiority

(p.75) Chapter Three Room for Reflection
The Pensive Image

Hanneke Grootenboer

University of Chicago Press

This chapter demonstrates how painting offers a mode of philosophical reflection. It focuses on the role of the house metaphor in philosophy and the visual arts in relation to what has been referred to, by Heidegger and others, as our state of fundamental “homelessness.” Starting with Descartes’ writing about housing, the kinship between interior and interiority are explored through paintings by Pieter de Hooch and Vilhelm Hammershoj. The phenomenon of the seventeenth-century dollhouse is presented as providing a philosophical home for women, and a site where one was invited to think with things.

Keywords:   philosophical home, Heidegger and painting, Heidgger and Van Gogh, home and art, 17th century dollshouse, interior painting and interiority, uncanny, Gaston Bachelard, space and interiority, homelessness in Heidegger

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