Art's Claim to Truth

Art's Claim to Truth

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Art's Claim to Truth by Gianni Vattimo

First collected in Italy in 1985, Art's Claim to Truth is considered by many philosophers to be one of Gianni Vattimo's most important works. Newly revised for English readers, the book begins with a challenge to Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Hegel, who viewed art as a metaphysical aspect of reality rather than a futuristic anticipation of it. Following Martin Heidegger's interpretation of the history of philosophy, Vattimo outlines the existential ontological conditions of aesthetics, paying particular attention to the works of Kandinsky, which reaffirm the ontological implications of art.

Vattimo then builds on Hans-Georg Gadamer's theory of aesthetics and provides an alternative to a rationalistic-positivistic criticism of art. This is the heart of Vattimo's argument, and with it he demonstrates how hermeneutical philosophy reaffirms art's ontological status and makes clear the importance of hermeneutics for aesthetic studies. In the book's final section, Vattimo articulates the consequences of reclaiming the ontological status of aesthetics without its metaphysical implications, holding Aristotle's concept of beauty responsible for the dissolution of metaphysics itself. In its direct engagement with the works of Gadamer, Heidegger, and Luigi Pareyson, Art's Claim to Truth offers a better understanding of the work of Vattimo and a deeper knowledge of ontology, hermeneutics, and the philosophical examination of truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231515665
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/05/2008
Series: Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 216
File size: 16 MB
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About the Author

Gianni Vattimo teaches philosophy at the University of Turin and is a renowned public intellectual and member of the European parliament. His books with Columbia University Press are Christianity, Truth, and Weakening Faith: A Dialogue (with René Girard), The Future of Religion (with Richard Rorty), Dialogue with Nietzsche, and Nihilism and Emancipation. His forthcoming book, coauthored with Santiago Zabala, is Hermeneutic Communism.

Santiago Zabala is Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Remains of Being and The Hermeneutic Nature of Analytic Philosophy, and editor of Weakening Philosophy, The Future of Religion, and Nihilism and Emancipation.

Luca D'Isanto is a translator, editor, and writer of numerous publications on the religious and political turn in postmodern thought.

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