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Van Gogh among the Philosophers: Painting, Thinking, Being

David P. Nichols Pauline E. Erickson Alina N. Feld Stephen A. Erickson



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Lexington Books
28 October 2019
Individual artists, art monographs; Philosophy: aesthetics
This volume brings Continental philosophical interpretations of Van Gogh into dialogue with one another to explore how for Van Gogh, art places human beings in their world, and yet in other ways displaces them, not allowing them to belong to that world.
Contributions by:   Pauline E. Erickson, Alina N. Feld, Stephen A. Erickson, Rebecca Longtin Hansen
Edited by:   David P. Nichols
Imprint:   Lexington Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 222mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   404g
ISBN:   9781498531375
ISBN 10:   1498531377
Pages:   270
Publication Date:   28 October 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
After the Cypress: An Introduction David P. Nichols Jaspers' Pathographic Analysis of Van Gogh: A Critique and Appreciation Gregory J. Walters Painting from the Outside: Foucault and Van Gogh Joseph J. Tanke The Problem of Agency in Heidegger's Interpretation of Van Gogh Ingvild Torsen Sensuality, Materiality, Painting: What is Wrong with Jaspers' and Heidegger's Van Gogh Interpretations? Christian Lotz Mal Pointure or If the Shoe Doesn't Fit... K. Malcolm Richards Van Gogh, Heidegger, and the Attuned Life Stephen A. Erickson Immanent Transcendence in the Work of Art: Jaspers and Heidegger on Van Gogh Rebecca Longtin Hansen Merleau-Ponty's Thinking of Perception and the Art of Van Gogh: On Going Further and Going Beyond Galen A. Johnson Van Gogh in Tragic Portraiture: Jaspers, Bataille, Heidegger David P. Nichols Prometheus Dismembered: Bataille on Van Gogh or The Window in the Bataille Restaurant James Luchte Van Gogh's Dark Illuminations: The End of Art or The Art of the End Alina N. Feld Van Gogh and the Absence of the Work: Remnants of a Hermeneutic Itinerary Stephen H. Watson About the Contributors

David P. Nichols is associate professor of philosophy at Saginaw Valley State University.

Reviews for Van Gogh among the Philosophers: Painting, Thinking, Being

Once the veneer of global commodification has been scraped away, Van Gogh reemerges in his startling innovation and brilliance. His philosophical reception perspicaciously attests to this, from Jasper's groundbreaking philosophical and psychiatric case study to Bataille's short essays to the scattered but striking comments by Foucault and Merleau-Ponty to short studies by Artaud and Altizer. It most famously plays out in the epic battle between Heidegger and Derrida over the ownership of a pair of shoes. This underreported history animates this exceptional and welcome collection of essays. -- Jason Wirth, Professor of Philosophy, Seattle University This volume provides us with valuable insights about Van Gogh by way of his most interesting interpreters-Jaspers, Bataille, Heidegger, Foucault, and others. It will be a touchstone for future studies about the possibilities of painting. -- Matthias Bormuth, University of Oldenburg This fine collection on Van Gogh and philosophy, superbly edited by David Nichols, is a welcome and timely contribution to issues in aesthetics and the philosophy of art, which will be of interest to a broad range of scholars. Beyond the diversity and originality of the chapters, the overall quality is exemplary. The result is a collection that is not only philosophically edifying but also a pleasure to engage with. -- Dylan James Trigg, University of Vienna Van Gogh among the Philosophers is an outstanding study of the influence of Van Gogh on some of the most prominent creative thinkers of the 20th century, especially Jaspers and Heidegger. Jaspers and Heidegger rather embodied Isaiah Berlin's comments on the Fox and the Hedgehog, the former, Jaspers, who knew a little about a lot, and the latter, Heidegger, who knew a lot about a little. -- Alan M. Olson, Boston University Very well edited and informative, Van Gogh among the Philosophers is deeply respectful of Van Gogh's work. It is, at the same time, a beautiful contribution to the philosophy of art as well as to philosophical readings of Van Gogh. -- Frederic Seyler, DePaul University

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