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Unfinished WorldsHermeneutics, Aesthetics and Gadamer$
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Nicholas Davey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748686223

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748686223.001.0001

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: Images of Movement

: Images of Movement

(p.1) Introduction: Images of Movement
Unfinished Worlds

Nicholas Davey

Edinburgh University Press

This book explores the philosophy of Hans-Georg Gadamer in relation to the movement of understanding and the question of aesthetic attentiveness. While hermeneutics is traditionally concerned with the apprehension of meaning and aesthetics, and focuses on the particularities of sensual experience, this book argues that the opposite is true for Gadamer: aesthetics addresses the visual apprehension of meaning, whereas hermeneutics emphasises the singularities of experience. It examines this reversal and its consequences, along with the relationship between philosophical hermeneutics and visual art. Moreover, it discusses Gadamerian ‘poetics’ of the visual, the role of subjectivity in his account of aesthetic experience, and his dialogism and its consequences for a relational aesthetics. Finally, it considers how an artwork articulates the connection between the analytical and the speculative dimensions of meaning.

Keywords:   philosophy, Hans-Georg Gadamer, hermeneutics, meaning, aesthetics, experience, visual art, poetics, dialogism, artwork

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