Presentation Title

Conceptualization Contra Contextualization: Truth in Heidegger's "The Origin of the Work of Art"

Presenter Information

James M. WaldeckFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Philosophy, Heidegger

Biography

Mike Waldeck Jr. is a student at Marshall University who is majoring in Philosophy, Mathematics, and Spanish.

Major

Philosophy

Advisor for this project

Dr. Powell

Start Date

20-4-2017 3:00 PM

End Date

20-4-2017 4:15 PM

Abstract

In his lecture "The Origin of the Work of Art", Heidegger presents us with what seems to be a paradox:

"What art is should be inferable from the work. What the work of art is we can come to know only from the essence of art. Anyone can easily see that we are moving in a circle, Ordinary understanding demands that this circle be avoided because it violates logic."

In this essay, I will discuss how the ontological study of the work of art results in the conceptualization of the work of art. Ultimately, through conceptualization alone, one loses sight of what the essence of art is. Only when the conceptualization of the work of art is contextualized will one be able to see the truth of the work of art.

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Conceptualization Contra Contextualization: Truth in Heidegger's "The Origin of the Work of Art"

In his lecture "The Origin of the Work of Art", Heidegger presents us with what seems to be a paradox:

"What art is should be inferable from the work. What the work of art is we can come to know only from the essence of art. Anyone can easily see that we are moving in a circle, Ordinary understanding demands that this circle be avoided because it violates logic."

In this essay, I will discuss how the ontological study of the work of art results in the conceptualization of the work of art. Ultimately, through conceptualization alone, one loses sight of what the essence of art is. Only when the conceptualization of the work of art is contextualized will one be able to see the truth of the work of art.