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Art as Dialogue

Essays in Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience by: Goutam Biswas

The original work presents a totally new methodology for understanding the concept of aesthetic experience through the medium of ‘dialogue’ — a dialogue between the subject and object, I and Thou.

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ISBN: 9788124600436
Year Of Publication: 1995
Edition: 1st
Pages : xv, 155
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400

Overview

This refreshingly original work presents a totally new methodology for understanding the concept of aesthetic experience. The traditional model of explaining this experience through the dichotomy of the creator, beholder or critic on the one hand, and the object of art, on the other is challenged and replaced by the new model which the author prefers to call dialogue — a dialogue between the subject and the object, I and Thou. The epistemological and ontological methods which rely heavily on the bifurcation of the subject and the object fails to reveal the true nature of the experiential whole that forms the real core of aesthetic experience. The author’s innovative methodology holds the promise for transcending the bounds of all such limitations and distinctions. Most significantly, the conception of “art as dialogue” is stipulated to work not as a means, but as an end, i.e., the consummation of art-experience itself. In this scheme the principle of relationship, not the substance, constitutes the reality of aesthetic experience and the model allows one to encompass within its scope the pre-linguistic, linguistic and trans-linguistic phases of the relationship between the man and the art. Dr. Biswas’ long training in Phenomenology and Existentialism makes his study of Martin Buber and Michael Polanyi lucid and stimulating. And his immense interest in Modern Indian Philosophy results in a superb analysis of Tagore’s and Radhakrishnan’s aesthetic approach

Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. The Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience: A Dialogical Perspective
3. Martin Buber’s Concept of Art as Dialogue
4. Michael Polanyi’s Aesthetics: A Phenomenological Study
A Critique of Objectivism
Subsidiary Awareness and Focal Awareness
The Tacit Dimension of Knowledge
5. Personal Man and Aesthetic Truth: A Dialogical View of Rabindranath Tagore’s Philosophy of Art
6. Artistic Knowledge: Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s Phenomenology of Art
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr. Goutam Biswas, an eminent scholar of Phenomenology and Existentialism, did his M.A. in Philosophy from Visvabharati University, Santiniketan and obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur on “Martin Buber’s Philosophical Anthropology.” He has keen interest in Aesthetics, Philosophical Anthropology and Modern Indian Philosophy which colour all his philosophical works. Being an indefatigable researcher he has made a number of important contributions to many distinguished journals. Currently a Reader in Philosophy at the University of North-Bengal, Dr. Biswas has visited France under the Indo-French Cultural Exchange Programme.
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