Plural images philosophy. The task of the philosopher of art is not to heighten understanding and appreciation of works of art but to provide conceptual foundations for the critic by 1 examining the basic concepts that underlie the activities of critics and enable them to speak and write more intelligibly about the arts and by 2 arriving at true conclusions about art, aesthetic value, expression, and the other concepts that critics employ.
This type of epoche, the term is borrowwed from Husserl has been the defining characteristic in academia since the loss of political power faced by the individual since Plato's time.
The reversal, in the spirit of the romantic loser, was to set forth a space apart, a sort of pure space for thought, untainted by the empirical content of practical involvement in the outside world.
Theory and Asceticism 2. The generous illustrations make accessible much rare or unpublished material. Susanna Berger is assistant professor of art history at the University of Southern California. Useful art has both an aesthetic and a utilitarian dimension: automobiles, glass tumblers, woven baskets, desk lamps, and a host of other handmade or manufactured objects have a primarily useful function and are made for that purpose, but they also have an aesthetic dimension: they can be enjoyed as objects of beauty, so much so that people often buy one brand of car rather than another for aesthetic reasons even more than for mechanical reasons of which they may know nothing.
The reason: Subjectivist philosophies of position. Countless proffered definitions of art are not definitions at all but are theories about the nature of art that presuppose that the ability to identify certain things in the world as works of art already exists.
Traversing the history of asceticism, the concept of suspended animation, and the theory of the neutral observer, Sloterdijk traces the evolution of philosophical practice from ancient times to today, showing how scholars can remain true to the tradition of "the examined life" even when the temporal dimension no longer corresponds to the eternal.
Sometimes it is not a single work of art but an entire class of works in a certain style or genre such as pastoral poems or Baroque music that is being elucidated, and sometimes it is the art of an entire period such as Romantic. A very provocative, historically penetrating, and paradigm-changing analysis of both modern and postmodern thought, which may be considered one of Peter Sloterdijk's most brilliant contributions to date to what has come to be called 'public philosophy.
Perhaps one of its greatest virtues is to make us inordinately grateful for the diligence, seriousness and application of the people whose work it examines. It is of interest not only to art historians but to anyone curious about how many of our fundamental intellectual concepts were taught and passed down to us.