Philosophy of art is traditionally concerned with the definition, appreciation and value of art. Through a close examination of art from recent centuries, Art and Phenomenology is one of the first books to explore visual art as a mode of experiencing the world itself, showing how in the words of Merleau-Ponty ‘Painting does not imitate the world, but is a world of its own’.
An outstanding series of chapters by an international group of contributors examine the following questions:
- Paul Klee and the body in art
- colour and background in Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of art
- self-consciousness and seventeenth-century painting
- Vermeer and Heidegger
- philosophy and the painting of Rothko
- embodiment in Renaissance art
- sculpture, dance and phenomenology.
Art and Phenomenology is essential reading for anyone interested in phenomenology, aesthetics, and visual culture.
Table of Contents
Introduction Mark Wrathall and Joseph D. Parry 1. Paul Klee and the Role of the Body in Motivating Perception Mark Wrathall 2. Phenomenology and Aesthetics: or Why Art Matters Steven Crowell 3. Objectivity and Self-Disclosedness: The Phenomenological Working of Art Jeff Malpas 4. Horizon, Oscillation, Boundaries: A Philosophical Account of Mark Rothko's Art Violetta Waibel 5. Representing the Real: a Merleau-Pontean Account of Art and Experience from the Renaissance to New Media Sean Dorrance Kelly 6. The Judgment of Adam: Self-Consciousness and Normative Orientation in Lucas Cranach’s Eden Wayne Martin 7. Describing Reality or disclosing Worldhood?: Vermeer and Heidegger Béatrice Han-Pile 8. Phenomenological History, Freedom, and Botticelli’s Cestello Annunciation Joseph D. Parry 9. Showing and Seeing: Film as Phenomenology John Brough. Index
Joseph D. Parry is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature, Brigham Young University, USA.