The prose is some of the most poetic, direct, and intimate in Western philosophy. Eat it slowly and it will bless you with stronger bones and teeth, metaphorically speaking.
Content[ edit ] In "The Origin of the Work of Art" Heidegger explains the essence of art in terms of the concepts of being and truth. He argues that art is not only a way of expressing the element of truth in a culture, but the means of creating it and providing a springboard from which "that which is" can be revealed.
Works of art are not merely representations of the way things are, but actually produce a community's shared understanding. Each time a new artwork is added to any culture, the meaning of what it is to exist is inherently changed. Heidegger begins his essay with the question of what the source of a work of art is.
The artwork and the artist, he explains, exist in a dynamic where each appears to be a provider of the other. Nevertheless, neither is the sole support of the other.
Rather than control lying with the artist, art becomes a force that uses the creator for art's own purposes. Likewise, the resulting work must be considered in the context of the world in which it exists, not that of its artist.
Applied to art and artwork, we find that without knowledge of the essence of art, we cannot grasp the essence of the artwork, but without knowledge of the artwork, we cannot find the essence of art. Heidegger concludes that to take hold of this circle you either have to define the essence of art or of the artwork, and, as the artwork is simpler, we should start there.
Artworks, Heidegger contends, are things, a definition that raises the question of the meaning of a "thing," such that works have a thingly character. This is a broad concept, so Heidegger chooses to focus on three dominant interpretations of things: Things as substances with properties,  or as bearers of traits.
Things as the manifold of sense perceptions.
The preconception shackles reflection on the Being of any given being. This was actually typical of Heidegger as he often chose to study shoes and shoe maker shops as an example for the analysis of a culture. What world do they open up and belong to?
Next, Heidegger writes of art's ability to set up an active struggle between "Earth" and "World. So a family unit could be a world, or a career path could be a world, or even a large community or nation. It is outside unintelligible to the ready-to-hand.
Both are necessary components for an artwork to function, each serving unique purposes. The artwork is inherently an object of "world", as it creates a world of its own; it opens up for us other worlds and cultures, such as worlds from the past like the ancient Greek or medieval worlds, or different social worlds, like the world of the peasant, or of the aristocrat.This paper examines and critiques Heidegger’s repudiation of aesthetics in his essay ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’ and claims that his alternative approach to artworks in the essay must be understood as a theory of aesthetics and, more particularly, of aesthetic use, which delineates the inseparability of senses and sensations.
The paper analyses Heidegger. As the artist is the origin of the work in a necessarily different way from the way the work is the origin of the artist, so it is in yet another way, quite certainly, that art is the origin of both artist and work. Since Heidegger does not actually discuss the origin of the work of art in the essay in which that is the question, one ventures something.
Is the work of art – see all the stuff on work in the essay – a kind of equipment * that reveals something? The struggle or “Strife” is the process of a work of art taking place within the art work itself. In conclusion, the concepts of “Work” and “Equipment” that Heidegger presents in The Origin of the Work of Art can be summarized as follows.
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