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The Relevance of the Beautiful and Other Essays

Hans-Georg Gadamer Nicholas Walker Robert Bernasconi



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Cambridge University Press
25 May 1987
This volume makes available for the first time in English the most important of Hans-Georg Gadamer's extensive writings on art and literature. The principal text included is 'The Relevance of the Beautiful', Gadamer's most sustained treatment of philosophical aesthetics. The eleven other essays focus particularly on the challenge issued by modern painting and literature to our customary ideas of art, and use that challenge to revitalize our understanding of it. Gadamer demonstrates the continuing importance of such concepts as imitation, truth, symbol, and play for our appreciation of contemporary art, and thereby establishes its continuity with the Western tradition. The essays here are not technical and are readily accessible to the beginning student and the general reader. The collection as a whole serves to illustrate the practice of hermeneutics and to introduce Gadamer's thought. Robert Bernasconi provides an introduction clarifying the central aims of the essays and their relations to Gadamer's major work, Truth and Method, and to the philosophy of art since Kant. A bibliography of Gadamer's writings available in English is also included.
By:   Hans-Georg Gadamer
Edited by:   Robert Bernasconi
Translated by:   Nicholas Walker
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 137mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   255g
ISBN:   9780521339537
ISBN 10:   0521339537
Pages:   220
Publication Date:   25 May 1987
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Undergraduate ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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