Heidegger - Martin Heidegger "The Origin of the Work...

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Martin Heidegger "The Origin of the Work of Art" 1936 selection in Goldblatt and Brown 1) “Origin” means that from and by which something is as it is, i.e. the source of its essence or nature. a) The usual view is that the origin of the work of art is the activity of the artist. b) But the work first lets the artist emerge as a master: it is the origin of the artist. c) And work and artist both are by virtue of art. 2) Art is only a word to which nothing real corresponds. [I do not think this is his final view on this.] a) It may be a collective idea for what is alone real in art: works and artists. b) If it means more than this it exists only on the basis of what is real in art: works and artists. c) Or do works of art and artists exist only because art does? 3) Art is present in the artwork. a) What and how is a work of art? 4) There is a circle here: what art is is inferable from the work of art, and what the work of art is is inferable from the nature of art. a) The ordinary view is to avoid the circle and compare actual art works. b) But how do we know they are art works? c) Nor can the nature of art be derived from higher concepts. 5) So we must follow the circle: which is the strength and feast of thought, if thinking is a craft. Let us go to the actual work and ask how it is. 6) Works of art are familiar: architecture and sculpture are as naturally present as ordinary things: for example they can travel from place to place. 7) All works have this thingly character. a) Is this crude external view objectionable? b) Even for those who experience and enjoy them there is a thingly aspect. c) For example, there is something stony in a work of stone architecture. d) It is "in stone." 8) One view is that the artwork is something over and above the thingly element. a) This something else is its artistic nature.
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