Stone challenges the simple opposition of philosophy and art . . . In a style that has the directness of sculpture. —John Llewelyn
The relation of our vision of stone's beauty to what we say, think, and write about stone, about the way in which such vision can both empower and interrupt language, Is radiantly revealed in Stone. In an elegant and provocative text enhanced by photographs, John Sallis takes up the various guises and settings in which stone appears: In wild nature, In shelter against the elements, In the tombstones of the Jewish cemetery in Prague, In Greek temples and gothic cathedrals, and in sculpture and drama. Stone is critically attentive not only to what certain philosophers such as Hegel and Heidegger have said of beauty and of stone, but also to what they have written on their travels To The Alps, To the great cathedrals of Europe, or To The temples of Greece. Oriented throughout to various sites where the terrestrial beauty of stone shines forth, Stone draws increasingly toward theatrical presentation, toward theatre of stone.
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