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Beyond Speculation
Author: Jean-Marie Schaeffer

ISBN: 9780857420428
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 16 June 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 5.0 x 8.5 x 1.5

In his Art of the Modern Age Jean-Marie Schaeffer offered a lucid and powerful critique of what he identified as having dominated thinking about art and aesthetics from the Jena Romantics to Nietzsche, Heidegger, Adorno and beyond-'the speculative theory of Art'. But what can philosophical tradition and contemporary aesthetics offer in its stead? Exploring this question in Beyond Speculation, Schaeffer rejects not only the identification of the aesthetic with the work of art but also the still-prevalent Kantian association of the aesthetic with subjectively universal judgement. He analyzes aesthetic relation as a cognitive relation to the world and a transculturally shared aspect of human behaviour. In doing so, he opens up the space for a theory of art that is free of historicism and capable of engaging with non-canonical and non-Western arts. Relying on a Searlian account of Intentionality, engaging notably with Arthur Danto, Gerard Genette, Nelson Goodman, George Dickie and Rainer Rochlitz, and evoking a wide range of aesthetic experience-from Proust to King King, from the pleasures of the table to the spatial play of Japan...

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