Cultural Paths and Aesthetic Signs: A Critical Hermeneutics of Aesthetic Validity

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/313463
Title:
Cultural Paths and Aesthetic Signs: A Critical Hermeneutics of Aesthetic Validity
Authors:
Zuidervaart, Lambert
Abstract:
Contemporary philosophical stances toward ‘artistic truth’ derive from Kant’s aesthetics. Whereas philosophers who share Kant’s emphasis on aesthetic validity discount art’s capacity for truth, philosophers who share Hegel’s critique of Kant render artistic truth inaccessible. This essay proposes a critical hermeneutic account of aesthetic validity that supports a non-esoteric notion of artistic truth. Using Gadamer and Adorno to read Kant through Hegelian eyes, I reconstruct the aesthetic dimension from three polarities in modern Western societies. Then I describe aesthetic validity as an horizon of imaginative cogency governing the exploration, presentation and creative interpretation of aesthetic signs. The essay argues that aesthetic processes, so construed, are crucial to cultural pathfinding, and that aesthetic validity-claims in art talk contribute significantly to this pursuit. Aesthetic validity, cultural orientation and art talk constitute the hermeneutical matrix from which questions of artistic truth emerge.
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Citation:
Zuidervaart, Lambert. "Cultural Paths and Aesthetic Signs: A Critical Hermeneutics of Aesthetic Validity." Philosophy and Social Criticism v. 29 no. 3 (2003): 315-340
Publisher:
Sage Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi)
Journal:
Philosophy and Social Criticism
Issue Date:
2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/313463
Additional Links:
http://psc.sagepub.com/content/29/3.toc
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
Adorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969; Art; Aesthetics; Gadamer, Hans Georg, 1900-2002; Habermas, Jürgen; Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804; Language and languages; Hermeneutics; Artistic truth; Validity; Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831
ISSN:
0191-4537
Rights:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Rights holder:
The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in the journal Philosophy and Social Criticism, Volume 29, Issue 3, 2003 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved.©
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dc.contributor.authorZuidervaart, Lamberten_GB
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dc.identifier.citationZuidervaart, Lambert. "Cultural Paths and Aesthetic Signs: A Critical Hermeneutics of Aesthetic Validity." Philosophy and Social Criticism v. 29 no. 3 (2003): 315-340en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0191-4537-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/313463-
dc.description.abstractContemporary philosophical stances toward ‘artistic truth’ derive from Kant’s aesthetics. Whereas philosophers who share Kant’s emphasis on aesthetic validity discount art’s capacity for truth, philosophers who share Hegel’s critique of Kant render artistic truth inaccessible. This essay proposes a critical hermeneutic account of aesthetic validity that supports a non-esoteric notion of artistic truth. Using Gadamer and Adorno to read Kant through Hegelian eyes, I reconstruct the aesthetic dimension from three polarities in modern Western societies. Then I describe aesthetic validity as an horizon of imaginative cogency governing the exploration, presentation and creative interpretation of aesthetic signs. The essay argues that aesthetic processes, so construed, are crucial to cultural pathfinding, and that aesthetic validity-claims in art talk contribute significantly to this pursuit. Aesthetic validity, cultural orientation and art talk constitute the hermeneutical matrix from which questions of artistic truth emerge.en_GB
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dc.publisherSage Publications (London, Thousand Oaks, CA and New Delhi)en_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://psc.sagepub.com/content/29/3.tocen_GB
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dc.subjectAdorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969en_GB
dc.subjectArten_GB
dc.subjectAestheticsen_GB
dc.subjectGadamer, Hans Georg, 1900-2002en_GB
dc.subjectHabermas, Jürgenen_GB
dc.subjectKant, Immanuel, 1724-1804en_GB
dc.subjectLanguage and languagesen_GB
dc.subjectHermeneuticsen_GB
dc.subjectArtistic truthen_GB
dc.subjectValidityen_GB
dc.subjectHegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 1770-1831en_GB
dc.subject.lcshAdorno, Theodor W., 1903-1969--Aestheticsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshKant, Immanuel, 1724-1804--Aestheticsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshAestheticsen_GB
dc.titleCultural Paths and Aesthetic Signs: A Critical Hermeneutics of Aesthetic Validityen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.identifier.journalPhilosophy and Social Criticismen_GB
dc.rights.holderThe final, definitive version of this paper has been published in the journal Philosophy and Social Criticism, Volume 29, Issue 3, 2003 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved.©en_GB
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