Essays on Art, Aesthetics, and Culture
2. Being, Art, and Great Art
How much there is in art that is beautiful, if only one can remember what one has seen, one is never empty or truly lonely, and never alone.
— Vincent van Gogh
Music is not only beautiful [—] Music is true.
— Sergiu Celibidache
Heidegger’s essay “The Origin of the Work of Art” continues to engage and to challenge both Heideggerians and non-Heideggerians.1 The status of ← 261 | 262 → Heidegger’s essay is controversial, not everybody agrees with Jacques Derrida’s view that “The Origin of the Work of Art” is “one of the last great discourses on art”.2 Why “last” and why “great” one may well ask. In any case, Heidegger’s essay is a prime example of a speculative philosophy of art that seems outmoded to most Anglo-Saxon philosophers of art, but which finds resonance with many cultural theorists and continental philosophers of art both on the European continent and in Anglo-Saxon academia.3 In the recent past several substantial contributions to the discussion of Heidegger’s essay and his philosophy of art have appeared,4 and continues to appear. In this essay, a sequel to the previous essay on Heidegger’s van Gogh written more than twenty years ago, I propose to discuss some of the most important recent interpretations of Heidegger’s essay. In contrast to my earlier essay, I have also drawn on Heidegger’s Nietzsche and ← 262 | 263 → Hölderlin lectures in the thirties and some other relevant texts by Heidegger in order to bring...
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