Aug 21, 2013

Heidegger's Origin of the Work of Art Finished, Now. . . .

I finished up with -- at least as far as shooting lecture videos go -- Martin Heidegger's "The Origin of the Work of Art" (from Heidegger's Basic Writings).  There's now a set of three hour-long videos, corresponding more or less to the structure of the main sections of the work:

There's quite a lot going on this seminal essay of Heidegger's -- some of it, to be sure, can be found worked out in several of his other essays, or in Being and Time.  But, that's to be expected -- Heidegger is following out a number of themes that are not radically new to his own long-worked-out thinking, but which are grappling with questions about the nature of art, what artistic creation involves and provides, and what an audience or appreciators encounter in the work of art.

It's particularly useful, I think -- given the stress that Heidegger is placing on truth as aletheia, "unconcealing," as what fundamentally occurs in the artwork -- to also review his essay "On The Essence of Truth" (video lecture available here). 

There are a number of questions and issues still left open, in need of exploration, with respect to the themes of this essay -- not least among which is how it has to do with Existentialism.  I'll be delving into those in the coming weeks and months in several different forums -- this blog, of course, but also in entries on my main and oldest blog, Orexis Dianoētikē.  And, I'll be discussing how all of this theory might apply to actual works of art on my newest blog, The Heavy Metal Philosopher.


  1. Please also find a unique Understanding of Art and its relation to culture via these references:
    An introduction to The Orpheum Trilogy - the author was/is Orpheus except that he returned from the under-world radiantly alive:
    He was/is also The Divine Thunder Da as featured in What The Thunder Said by T S Eliot

  2. So. . . what's all this got to do with Heidegger?