Art, Mimesis and the Avant-Garde: Aspects of a philosophy of by Andrew Benjamin PDF

By Andrew Benjamin

ISBN-10: 0415066271

ISBN-13: 9780415066273

Benjamin argues for a reappraisal of philosophy on the subject of the centrality of ontology, delivering unique reinterpretations of up to date painters together with Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and R.B. Kitaj.

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It is one where, as has been suggested above, plurality becomes the differing ways of presenting the same inner meaning ( ). Plurality therefore will always be effaced by the homology both uncovered and demanded by interpretation. Complexity can be explained in a similar way. The complex would involve complexity within an allegorical structure. While it is true to suggest that allegory means that what is present points to the existence of something other than itself and that therefore there is never pure presence, this on its own is insufficient as an account of allegory.

It is none the less always itself where that ‘itself’ is anoriginally heterogeneous. Existence as plurality takes place beyond the interarticulation of essence and existence. The specific mirror, the mirror mirroring the head, needs to be interpreted in relation to the mirror as figure. It is not the case that now the mirror has ceased to be a figure. It is simply that the figure has a specific determination. Once again it is important to begin by noticing that within the frame the mirror is not presented within reflection.

This takes place in a way that differs from the manner in which two floors are joined and distanced by walls. The constitution of the house necessitates distance. In addition it demands the experience of that distance. The experience of dwelling is, though in an as yet to be specified way, premised upon the experience of distance. (Distance need not, of course, be limited to the architectural. )2 What then is the experience of distance? Is it no more than the experience of a relation, albeit one that generates specific identities?

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