Art and Institution

Art and Institution : Aesthetics in the Late Works of Merleau-Ponty

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Art and Institution examines how for Merleau-Ponty the work of art opens up, without conceptualizing, the event of being. Rajiv Kaushik treats Merleau-Ponty's renderings of the artwork - specifically in his later writings during the period ranging from 1952-1961 - as a path into the being that precedes phenomenology. Replete with references to Merleau-Ponty's reflections on Matisse, Czanne, Proust and others, and featuring Kaushik's own original reflections on various artworks, this book is guided by the notion that art does not iterate the findings of phenomenology so much as it allows phenomenology to finally discover what, as a matter of principle, it seeks: the very foundation of experience that is not itself available to thought. Kaushik is thus concerned with the ways in which the work of art restores the principle of institution, prior to the intentional structures of consciousness, so that phenomenology may settle questions concerning ontological difference, the origination of significance, and the relationship between interiority and exteriority.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 11mm | 426g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1441136630
  • 9781441136633

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Matisse in Slow Motion; 2. Art and Natural Being; 3. Proust and the Significant Event; 4. Reversibility Between the Arts; Concluding Remarks; Bibliography; Index.
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Review quote

Kaushik's significant exploration of the implications of Merleau-Ponty's claims for art will refigure our understanding not only of Merleau-Ponty's aesthetics, but also of the relationship of art to philosophy. In addressing themes such as painting and the originary institution of expression, art and nature, Proust and the event, as well as the relation of literature to gesture, Kaushik thinks through the institution of meaning that, though originary, still comes out of a style of being that belongs to its time. It is thus always an active passivity. Art and Institution is itself an original work of depth, and precision and is important for those interested in either Merleau-Ponty's philosophy or for those coming to phenomenology through aesthetics. Helen Fielding, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada--Sanford Lakoff
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About Rajiv Kaushik

Rajiv Kaushik is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Brock University, Canada.
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