By K. Harries
In fresh years there has hence been loads of discuss a potential demise of artwork. because the identify of Heidegger’s "The beginning of the murals" indicates, the essay demanding situations such speak, simply because it in flip is challenged by way of such speak, speak that's supported by means of the present kingdom of the art-world. It was once Hegel, who such a lot profoundly argued that the form of our smooth international now not allows us to furnish artwork the importance it as soon as possessed. Hegel’s proclamation of the tip of paintings in its maximum feel shadows this statement, because it shadows Heidegger’s essay. Heidegger’s problematical flip from the thinker Hegel to the poet Hölderlin is born of the conviction that we must never enable Hegel to right here have the final word. At stake is the way forward for paintings. yet extra importantly, if we're to just accept Heidegger’s argument, at stake is the way forward for humanity. yet all who're desirous to locate in Heidegger’s essay tips bearing on the place not only artwork, yet we should always be heading, could be made cautious by way of Heidegger’s politicizing of paintings and aestheticizing of politics. either stay temptations that call for a severe reaction. This observation demonstrates the ongoing relevance of Heidegger’s reflections.
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Additional resources for Art Matters: A Critical Commentary on Heidegger’s “The Origin of the Work of Art”
Almost desperate, given the circumstances, is the insistence on Selbstverwaltung (self-administration), Selbstbesinnung (selfexamination), and Selbstbehauptung (self-assertion) (G16, 107/5–6). And disturbing is the emptiness of what Heidegger is here saying. Clear, however, is the duality present already in the title: the commitment to the essence of science is to be matched by a commitment to the German destiny. Obvious, too, is the tension between these two commitments, although the latter is left disturbingly vague in the address.
Authenticity and raising the question of Being thus belong together. This question invites us to question and perhaps change our orientation towards persons and things; thus it invites revolution, even as it denies any appeal to well established criteria that might guide such revolution. This finds expression in the following claim from the Rectorial Address: “Science is the questioning standing of one’s ground in the midst of the constantly self-concealing totality of what is. This active perseverance knows about its impotence in the face of destiny” (G16, 110/8).
In Being and Time he looks for such an authority to the past that has shaped our present and illuminates our future possibilities: our being, essentially a being with others, is ruled by the destiny of the commnity or people (Volk10 ) we belong to (G2, 508/436). 11 But every such turn to history to banish the specter of arbitrariness remains haunted by it: like the present, the inherited past speaks with many and conflicting voices. No past event, even when looked at as a repeatable possibility, is as such authoritative; it becomes such only when recognized as worthy of repetition.