Martin Heidegger: Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes [Philosophies of Art and Beauty]

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Several versions of Martin Heidegger’s “Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes” [“The Origin of the Work of Art”] were given as lectures in Freiburg, Zürich, and Frankfurt am Main in 1935-36. Heidegger did not publish the essay until 1950, as the first entry in the collection Holzwege [Paths in the Woods], but notes taken by auditors of these early lectures were distributed and discussed. According to Hans-Georg Gadamer, one of Heidegger’s most famous students, the lectures were “a philosophical sensation” and ventured an entirely “new concept” of art (p. 98) — art not as mimesis, or self-expression, or an array of aesthetic objects, but as the self-…

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Dye, Ellis. "Der Ursprung des Kunstwerkes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 January 2012
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