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A Few Uses of Phenomenology within Art History

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Author(s): Cristian Hainic

Journal: Journal for Communication and Culture
ISSN 2247-4404

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 70;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: philosophy of art | history of art | phenomenological bracketing | time and space

ABSTRACT
Our paper addresses matters such as the distinction between chronological time and the “internal time” (Mikel Dufrenne) of works of art, the possibility that artists may act as future art critics, the alleged unity of classic art versus fragmentary modern approaches and the validity of historical interpretation of works of art. We shall begin by studying the common apprehension of art history and what it entails so that we may afterwards observe the major difficulties that the research in this domain faces. In the second half of the following paper we shall examine how representations are formed within works of art and what is the proper way to analyze them after applying the phenomenological epoché to artistic phenomena. We will finally attempt to offer a clear image on how phenomenological philosophy contributes to the historical research of art.

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