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Eric Hayot

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926695.001.0001

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The World and the Work of Art

The World and the Work of Art

(p.23) Chapter 1 The World and the Work of Art
On Literary Worlds

Eric Hayot

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes Heidegger and Jean-Luc Nancy' conceptions of the world and the work of art. The history of the world of the work of art is always, simultaneously, a history of the idea of the world, and a history of the world as a material substrate, and object of human practice. This book proceeds toward a historicization of the world-concept (and its appearances in works of art) that recognizes that its history is not, or not simply, the history of a philosophical concept, but rather a history of the intersection between such a concept and its practical appearance in the realm of human life. Heidegger's work recalls how widely modernity is understood as a fracture in the world-idea. This fracture is literal and metaphorical. Nancy's work on the history of the world-concept confirms for a new era the ways a material understanding of the actual world situation can function as a complement to and subtending force of the world's apprehension as a philosophical concept.

Keywords:   Heidegger, Jean-Luc Nancy, world, work, art, history, modernity, world-concept

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