Transfigurements: On the True Sense of Art

Transfigurements: On the True Sense of Art

by John Sallis


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Transfigurements 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. Sallis 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, Sallis 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 compelling new elaboration of the philosophy of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226734187
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

John Sallis is the Frederick J. Adelmann Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and the author of numerous books, including The Verge of Philosophy and Shades—Of Painting at the Limit.

Table of Contents


1          The Invisibility of Painting
2          Nature’s Song
3          Mixed Arts
4          Music and Imagination
5          Carnation and the Eccentricity of Painting
6          Soundings
7          Preposterous Ascents: On Comedy and Philosophy
8          The Promise of Art

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