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„Transcendentalny narcyzm” i filozofia sztuki.
“Transcendental Narcissism” and the Philosophy of Art.

Author(s): Piotr Schollenberger
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: anthropology; philosophy; culture; art

Summary/Abstract: The author discusses the question of “narcissism”, specifically understood in the phenomenological works of Merleau-Ponty, in which it denotes a perception that discovers truth within itself, the unexpressed, pre-rational truth of the world as it is, which best captures the process of painting as a work of art. Merleau-Ponty believes that although it evades the claims made by the rationalising description, the relation between the visible and the invisible generates a linguistic, discursive meaning. In other words, it is possible to speak about art in the language of philosophy and, in addition, to speak well by doing justice to a given work of art, or not. Does the philosophical discourse apply painting as an illustration, or perhaps it unites in a common objective the solution of the mystery of visibility, or discovers within it its own “silent” reflection? Regardless of the answers we give to these questions, the problem of “narcissism” – a perception which finds the truth within itself – remains a problem not only of contemporary philosophy but also of contemporary art.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 128-135
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish