Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 2011 - Philosophy
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Heidegger, Art, and Postmodernity offers a radical new interpretation of Heidegger's later philosophy, developing his argument that art can help lead humanity beyond the nihilistic ontotheology of the modern age. Providing pathbreaking readings of Heidegger's 'The Origin of the Work of Art' and his notoriously difficult Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning), this book explains precisely what postmodernity meant for Heidegger, the greatest philosophical critic of modernity, and what it could still mean for us today. Exploring these issues, Iain D. Thomson examines several postmodern works of art, including music, literature, painting and even comic books, from a post-Heideggerian perspective. Clearly written and accessible, this book will help readers gain a deeper understanding of Heidegger and his relation to postmodern theory, popular culture and art.
 

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Contents

Understanding Ontotheology or The History that We Are
7
René Magritte La Château des Pyrénées 1959 page
26
Heideggers Critique of Modern Aesthetics
40
Heideggers Postmodern Understanding of Art
65
Vincent van Gogh A Pair of Shoes 1886
86
René Magritte La Trahison des Images 1929
95
Vincent van Gogh Head of a Dutch Peasant 1884
108
Detail of Vincent van Gogh A Pair of Shoes 1886
114
The Postmodern Comic Book
141
Understanding the Structure
169
The Danger and the Promise of Heidegger
192
Wittgensteins version of Jastrows gestalt figure redrawn by Mungo Thomson 2010
193
Against Conclusions
213
References
221
Index
233
Copyright

Even Better than the Real Thing? Postmodernity
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Iain D. Thomson is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Mexico, where he also serves as Director of Graduate Studies. He is the author of Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and his articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, essay collections and reference works.

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