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„I nie było już nikogo…”. Obraz jako trop
“And Then There Were None…”. The Image as a Clue

Author(s): Wojciech Michera
Subject(s): Philosophy, Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: image; Hans Georg Gadamer; anthropology

Summary/Abstract: The opening part of this article, a changed version of a paper read at a conference held in Zakopane in December 2015, attempts a reconstruction of the meeting’s title: Today Real […] Are Already No More. The author considered primarily the significance of the square brackets with paradigmatically ambiguous suspension points ([…]) in the middle as a “clue” compelling to capture that, which has been lost together with the moment of the “loss”, and revealing the significance of the “loss” as an irreducible cognitive principle. Furthermore, the author recognised the “image” as a special variety of such a “clue”. This is why the fundamental part of the article is a critique of Gadamer’s “hermeneutics of the image”, which in a gesture of a wrongly understood apology tries to restore the positive existential rank of the image by ignoring negativity, which is its proper cognitive value. Moreover, the author charged Gadamer with referring in his iconology to the philosophy of Plotinus while neglecting the Plotinian category of “matter” (hyle), of key rank for the philosophy of the image.

  • Issue Year: 314/2016
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 100-106
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Polish