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Between Word and Image

Heidegger, Klee, and Gadamer on Gesture and Genesis

Dennis J. Schmidt

Publication Year: 2012

Engagement with the image has played a decisive role in the formulation of the very idea of philosophy since Plato. Identifying pivotal moments in the history of philosophy, Dennis J. Schmidt develops the question of philosophy's regard of the image in thinking by considering painting—where the image most clearly calls attention to itself as an image. Focusing on Heidegger and the work of Paul Klee, Schmidt pursues larger issues in the relationship between word, image, and truth. As he investigates alternative ways of thinking about truth through word and image, Schmidt shows how the form of art can indeed possess the capacity to change its viewers.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Studies in Continental Thought


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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

My interest in the question of the relation of word and image grew out of two essays in my previous book, Lyrical and Ethical Subjects. Those essays—one on Cy Twombly’s series of paintings 50 Days at Iliam, the other on the question of writing in Plato’s Cratylus—first led me to recognize the depth of this question. ...

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Introduction: The Genesis of the Question

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pp. 1-11

The proximate and most specific of these questions was occasioned by the publication of a large portion of Heidegger’s “Notes on Klee.”1 Those fragmentary notes, which Heidegger made during a visit in 1956 to an exhibition of Paul Klee’s paintings, express a great excitement about Klee’s work. ...

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Chapter 1: Unfolding the Question: An Excentric History

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pp. 12-66

As soon as one begins to speak about an image, one is entangled in complications. This is the case no matter how one approaches the image: critically, theoretically, appraisingly, admiringly, confusedly—it does not matter, since the problem is rooted in the difference between words and images. ...

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Chapter 2: Heidegger and Klee: An Attempt at a New Beginning

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pp. 67-105

Has the challenge of modern art, the new that it exposes, been addressed philosophically? To what extent have those who today work out of the tradition defined as moving from Kant to Nietzsche through Hegel—a tradition that, for the lack of a better word, we call “ continental” ...

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Chapter 3: On Word, Image, and Gesture: Another Attempt at a Beginning

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pp. 106-140

Three texts published in 1960, the same year in which Heidegger largely abandoned the question of painting, proved to be among the most promising for opening up a new approach for the philosophical concern with painting. The first was the reissue of “The Origin of the Work of Art” ...

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Afterword: The Question of Genesis for Now

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pp. 141-150

So the promise of the work of art is the promise of understanding and belonging to the world. Today, however, everything about this promise is haunted by Heidegger’s claim that ours is an era lacking art as a real possibility: in other words, that the bringing forth that is the defining trait and promise of the work of art ...


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pp. 151-172


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pp. 173-180


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pp. 181-187

E-ISBN-13: 9780253006226
E-ISBN-10: 0253006228
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253006189

Page Count: 200
Illustrations: 21 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought
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OCLC Number: 813385121
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  • Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976.
  • Klee, Paul, 1879-1940.
  • Gadamer, Hans-Georg, 1900-2002.
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