Towards a New Philosophical Functionalisation of the Concept of Art

Keywords: research turns in humanities, aesthetics as metacriticism, art as examplary experience, autonomy of art, artistic appearance, fictionalisation of reality


I distinguish two ways of functionalising the concept of art in modern thinking: a metacritical way and a way where it is treated as exemplary experience. In both cases, the concept of art is diffused in the aesthetic, and the stake in the game of its new functionalisation in the field of contemporary humanities is updating of the question of autonomy of art. My claim is that in view of the contemporary challenges posed by the processes of fictionalisation of reality, tendencies towards autonomisation of art and transgression of its boundaries are inseparable from each other. Phenomenological and hermeneutic researches provide a good account of this situation.


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