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AESTHETIC DISINTERESTEDNESS: ART, EXPERIENCE AND THE SELF. Thomas Hilgers. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2017. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy, 88. 200 pp. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-36039 ISBN 9781138905009 In English.
Publisher's description: The concept of disinterestedness is often conceived of as an antiquated or even ideological paradigm. In spite of this, I claim that one cannot fully reject it if one wishes to understand the nature of art. Therefore, I defend a new and sophisticated account of disinterestedness, thereby also supporting an aesthetic conception of art. I specifically claim that an artwork asks a person to adopt a disinterested attitude towards what it shows, and that the effect of such an adoption is that it makes the person lose the sense of herself, while enabling her to gain a sense of the other. Due to an artwork's wealth, multiperspectivity, and dialecticity, the engagement with it cannot culminate in the construction of world-views, but must initiate a process of self-critical thinking, which is a precondition of real self-determination. Ultimately, then, I explicate the experience of art as a dynamic and dialectic process of losing the sense of oneself, while gaining a sense of the other, and of achieving selfhood.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73,55
Worldwide Number: 174626
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