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Dieter Mersch: Aesthetic Thinking: Art as theōria
Aesthetic Thinking: Art as theōria
(p. 219 – 236)

Dieter Mersch

Aesthetic Thinking: Art as theōria

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  • art theory
  • Theodor W. Adorno
  • aesthetics
  • art

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Dieter Mersch

Dieter Mersch

studied mathematics and philosophy in Cologne, Bochum, Darmstadt. In 2004 he became Professor for Media Theory and Media Science at the University of Potsdam. Since 2013 he is Head of the Institute for Theory at ZHdK Zurich and visiting professor at University Potsdam, where he is one of the chairs of the DFG Research Training Centre ›Visibility and Visualization – Hybrid Forms of pictorial Knowledge‹. Dieter Mersch was a visiting professor in Chicago, Budapest and Luzern, and Fellow at IKKM Weimar and at ZHdK Zurich. His work focuses on media philosophy, aesthetics and art theory, semiotics, hermeneutics, post-structuralism and philosophy of the image and language.

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Dieter Mersch (ed.), Sylvia Sasse (ed.), ...: Aesthetic Theory

There is no theory that is not aesthetic in a certain way. Adorno, too, did not understand his aesthetic theory simply as a theory of the aesthetic, but was aware of the aesthetic implications of theory. At the same time we have to do with aesthetic objects and events in which an aesthetic theory is inherent, which show themselves as art. So from both sides—theory and aesthetics—a link can be made to the etymological meaning of θεωρία (theōria), which understands the theoretical as a seeing or perspective. The book examines this link and simultaneity, focusing equally on the aesthetic implications of theory and the theoretical implications of aesthetic events.

Contributors: Frauke Berndt, Elisabeth Bronfen, Sandra Frimmel, Julia Gelshorn & Tristan Weddigen, Fabienne Liptay, Dieter Mersch, Klaus Müller-Wille, ­Barbara Naumann, Boris Previšić, Dorota Sajewska, ­Sylvia Sasse, Rahel Villinger, Benno Wirz, Sandro Zanetti.

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