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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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The Aesthetics of the Intimate Universal

The Aesthetics of the Intimate Universal

(p.251) Chapter 6 The Aesthetics of the Intimate Universal
The Intimate Universal

William Desmond

Columbia University Press

Chapter 6 shows that in the aesthetic there is an intimacy which is elemental, and bound up with our being embodied participants in the field of being as itself an aesthetic happening. In that aesthetic intermedium, something of the metaxological promise of the universal is at play. The stress is on the universality of aesthetic happening as the embodiment of the intimacy. We can remain true to this, we can reconfigure it, we can mutilate it, we can communicate the secret of its promise more out in the open. More than the idiotics, the aesthetics of the intimate universal is out in the open in this more determinate embodied sense.

Keywords:   Aesthetics, Flesh, artistic creativity, techne, serviceable disposability

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