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Aesthetic and Ethical Transformations
Editor: Lucilla Guidi
This volume explores and expands a Wittgensteinian account of philosophy as an ongoing practice and exercise. It investigates the simultaneously aesthetic and ethical dimension of philosophical exercises, so as to uncover their transformative potential for and within ordinary practice, conceived of as a weave of trained, embodied habits. For this purpose, the volume focuses on three intertwined aspects:
1. It examines the aesthetic form of Wittgenstein’s texts, so as to consider the use of pictures, comparisons, and instructions as exercises to be enacted by readers, and further analyzes the transformative effects – both aesthetic and ethical – that such exercises bring out.
2. It draws a number of connections between Wittgenstein’s philosophical exercises and particular aesthetic practices.
3. It sheds light on continuities and discontinuities between Wittgenstein’s account of philosophy and the ancient conception of philosophy as an exercise and a way of life.
This essay develops a theory of improvisation as practice of aesthetic sense-making. While considering all arts, references are made to many concrete cases. A topic in vogue since the XX. century, as evidenced by the great philosophers who were interested in it (Ryle, Derrida, Eco among others), improvisation, a felicitous mixture of habit and creativity, norm and freedom, is constitutive of human action. Human practices – including very well-regulated activities such as playing chess, piloting airplanes, or medicine – permit and often require it to varying degrees.
Improvisation is also the true source of artistic experience. Consequently, the aesthetics of improvisation result in a philosophy of art: Art was born as improvisation. Yet improvisation has its own aesthetic dimension: that of a "grammar of contingency" in which notions such as emergence, presence, curiosity and authenticity explain the pleasures of joyful adventure and empathic involvement elicited by improvisation.
Kurt Schwitters' MERZ
Author: Corinna Scheler
Die Studie erfasst das Kunstprogramm MERZ des Avantgarde-Künstlers Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948) als autonomieästhetischen Entwurf und stellt es damit in eine Diskurstradition, die um 1800 ihren Anfang genommen hat. Im ersten Schritt werden aus den grundlegenden Konzeptionen ästhetischer Autonomie (Karl Philipp Moritz, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich Schlegel und Novalis) Kernmerkmale des ästhetisch Autonomen abgeleitet. Die Untersuchung betrachtet MERZ daraufhin vor der Folie dieser Merkmale und zeigt, dass Schwitters zentrale Impulse des autonomieästhetischen Diskurses einerseits fortschreibt und andererseits einlöst. Verschiedenste Texte/Artefakte des ›Allround‹-Künstlers rücken dabei in den Blick. Im Ergebnis steht die Erkenntnis, dass das Verhältnis von ›ästhetischer Autonomie‹ und ›historischer Avantgarde‹ – von Schwitters ausgehend – als genealogisch zu denken ist.
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In: Ästhetische Autonomie und Avantgarde
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