Aesthetic Ideology (Theory and History of Literature, Volume by Paul de Man

By Paul de Man

Editor note: Edited and with an creation by way of Andrzej Warminski
Publish yr note: First released in 1996

Paul De Man's attractiveness used to be irreparably broken by means of the revelation after his demise of his wartime anti-Semitism, obscuring a few legitimate highbrow contributions to the sphere of aesthetics. This selection of philosophical essays, compiled via Andrzej Warminski of the collage of California, argues for the shut connections among artwork and politics and paintings and technological know-how. He discusses Kant and Hegel, whose significant contributions to aesthetics are much less identified than their paintings on rationality and morality. And in an essay on Schiller he deplores, relatively naively, the poet/playwright's loss of philosophical drawback for the root of his paintings.

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They are capable of inventing the 5. In the general treatment of mixed modes, Locke lists "adultery" and "incest" (p. 34). " Mermaids and unicorns are mentioned in another context in bk. 3, chap. 3, p. 25. 42 D THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF METAPHOR most fantastic entities by dint of the positional power inherent in language. They can dismember the texture of reality and reassemble it in the most capricious of ways, pairing man with woman or human being with beast in the most unnatural shapes. Something monstrous lurks in the most innocent of catachreses: when one speaks of the legs of the table or the face of the mountain, catachresis is already turning into prosopopeia, and one begins to perceive a world of potential ghosts and monsters.

The ensuing situation is intolerable and makes the soothing conclusion of book 3, entitled "Of the Remedies of the Foregoing Imperfections and Abuses [of Language]," into one of the least convincing sections of the Essay. One turns to the tradition engendered by Locke's work in the hope of finding some assistance out of the predicament. Condillac's Essai sur I'origine des connaissances humaines constantly advertises, perhaps even exaggerates, its dependence on Locke's Essay. It contains at least two sections that explicitly deal with the question of language; in fact, its systematic commitment to a theory of mind that is in fact a theory of the sign makes it difficult to isolate any part of the treatise that is not modeled on a linguistic structure.

Rhetoric and Aesthetics" was the title of de Man's Messenger lecture series delivered at Cornell in February and March of 1983. The titles of the lectures were announced as: I. II. III. IV. V. VI. Anthropomorphism and Trope in Baudelaire Kleist's Uber das Marionettentheater Hegel on the Sublime Kant on the Sublime Kant and Schiller Conclusions "Kant on the Sublime" was entitled "Phenomenality and Materiality in Kant" by the time de Man wrote it. "Conclusions" was the lecture on Benjamin's "The Task of the Translator," now included in The Resistance to Theory.

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