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The Intimate UniversalThe Hidden Porosity Among Religion, Art, Philosophy, and Politics$
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William Desmond

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178761

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178761.001.0001

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Art and the Intimate Universal

Art and the Intimate Universal

Neither Imitation nor Self-Creation

(p.60) Chapter 2 Art and the Intimate Universal
The Intimate Universal

William Desmond

Columbia University Press

Chapter 2 asks if and how art throws light on the intimate universal, or if and how the intimate universal might light up art. Unlike Hegel in his doctrine of absolute spirit, Desmond does not treat of art first, since the religious is the more primal, though the permeability of art and the sacred will not be far from the thoughts tried out here. Aristotle famously said poetry was more philosophical than history because more implicating the universal, but what sense of universality is at stake? Is there not something ineluctably singular about the work of art? Desmond questions if and how in the singularity of the work we find the communication of the universal.

Keywords:   artistic universality, imitation, creation, Kantian aesthetics, Hegelian aesthetics, Nietzschean aesthetics

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