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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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. The Redemptive Image

. The Redemptive Image

(p.165) 7. The Redemptive Image
Unfinished Worlds

Nicholas Davey

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines how Hans-Georg Gadamer’s deconstruction of traditional aesthetics brings about a threefold redemptive revaluation of the discipline. First, the endeavour to redeem aesthetics by absorbing it within hermeneutics is linked to the question of meaning within the experience of art. As a result, aesthetic experience shifts into a participatory mode, which in turn revitalises the importance of the part-whole relationship in aesthetic reasoning. Second, aesthetic attentiveness offers a way of seeing that facilitates origination within and amongst the aesthetic ideas and subject-matters which shape any experience of art. Third, the aesthetic image has both summative and projective aspects in relation to the complexities of human experience. A hermeneutically orientated aesthetics implies that we are vulnerable to art’s address owing to our unfinished experience not only of ourselves but also of our world.

Keywords:   art, Hans-Georg Gadamer, aesthetics, hermeneutics, meaning, experience, attentiveness, image

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