The Man Without Content (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

The Man Without Content (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

Giorgio Agamben


In this ebook, one among Italy's most crucial and unique modern philosophers considers the prestige of paintings within the glossy period. he is taking heavily Hegel's declare that paintings has exhausted its religious vocation, that it really is not via paintings that Spirit mostly involves wisdom of itself. He argues, besides the fact that, that Hegel under no circumstances proclaimed the "death of artwork" (as many nonetheless think) yet proclaimed quite the indefinite continuation of paintings in what Hegel referred to as a "self-annulling" mode.

With incredible breadth and originality, the writer probes the which means, aesthetics, and old outcomes of that self-annulment. In essence, he argues that the delivery of contemporary aesthetics is the results of a sequence of schisms—between artist and spectator, genius and flavor, and shape and topic, for example—that are manifestations of the deeper, self-negating but self-perpetuating circulation of irony.

Through this idea of self-annulment, the writer bargains an resourceful reinterpretation of the historical past of aesthetic concept from Kant to Heidegger, and he opens up unique views on such phenomena because the upward thrust of the trendy museum, the hyperlink among artwork and terror, the usual affinity among "good flavor" and its perversion, and kitsch because the inevitable future of artwork within the glossy period. the ultimate bankruptcy bargains a stunning interpretation of Dürer's Melancholia within the phrases that the publication has articulated as its own.

The guy with out Content will obviously curiosity those that already prize Agamben's paintings, however it also will make his identify correct to a complete new audience—those concerned with paintings, artwork background, the heritage of aesthetics, and renowned culture.

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