Hobbema and Heidegger: On Truth and Beauty

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Peter Lang, 2008 - Art - 144 pages
This book shows how the beautiful landscape paintings of Meindert Hobbema, a seventeenth-century painter of the Dutch Golden Age, are in accord with the thought of Martin Heidegger, a twentieth-century philosopher, on beauty and truth. Since little is known about Hobbema's life, this work concentrates on ideas that are central to Heidegger's philosophy of art and beauty and the way these ideas are attuned to Hobbema's landscapes. Heidegger holds that the beauty of a great work of art calls out from that work and is firmly linked to the disclosure of hidden truths concerning essences of beings. This book illustrates in detail that beauty and such truths indeed call out from Hobbema's paintings.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Critique of Contemporary Historians of Dutch Art in the 17th
21
The Landscapes of Meindert Hobbema
39
Mistaken Approaches to the Work of Art
57
Truth and the Work of Art
73
Earth and World in the Work of Art
95
Beauty and Truth
109
Seeking Beauty and Truth
127
Index
141
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About the author (2008)

The Authors: Rivca Gordon is an independent scholar and the author, most recently, of Existential Thinking: Blessings and Pitfalls (2007). She has also co-authored six books with Haim Gordon and published articles on existential philosophy in professional journals.
Haim Gordon is a full professor emeritus at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel. He has published twenty-four books in various fields as author, co-author, or editor.

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