Hermeneutics, Aesthetics and Art: Gadamer and Modernism

  • Ian Heywood


Gadamer has written extensively on the problems facing cultural practices like art, science, and ethics in the context of a particular relationship between them which includes, as one of its most important features, a drive towards scientific knowledge and technical control. For Gadamer, Kant’s differentiation of aesthetic from moral and cognitive experience grants art a domain of its own within which it may develop its intrinsic possibilities, but also makes the participation of art, together with science and ethics, in a larger human culture highly problematic. As Lyotard might put it, once modernity replaces tradition, the idea of a polis, a city, of a whole society becomes an abstraction or, at best, a problematic ideal.


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© Ian Heywood 1997

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