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Heidegger’s Temple: How Truth Happens When Nothing is Portrayed

Mackinlay, Shane (2010) Heidegger’s Temple: How Truth Happens When Nothing is Portrayed. Sophia, 49 (4). pp. 499-507. ISSN 0038-1527

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      In his essay "The Origin of the Work of Art," Martin Heidegger discusses three examples of artworks: a painting by Van Gogh of peasant shoes, a poem about a Roman fountain, and a Greek temple. The new entry on Heidegger’s aesthetics in the "Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy," written by Iain Thomson, focuses on this essay, and Van Gogh’s painting in particular. It argues that Heidegger uses Van Gogh’s painting to set art, as the happening of truth, in relation to ‘nothing’, which is a key term in Heidegger’s essays leading up to "The Origin of the Work of Art." This paper extends a similar analysis to the Greek temple as a way of offering an exposition of Heidegger’s concerns in the essay. It begins by briefly outlining Thomson’s argument that Heidegger relates Van Gogh’s painting to ‘nothing’, and indicating the way this argument can be extended to the Greek temple. It then discusses three ways in which ‘nothing’ can open up the significance of the temple as a work of art in which truth happens: (1) it is not concerned with objective representation; (2) it depicts the primal strife of earth and world, concealing and unconcealing; (3) it is fundamentally historical.

      Item Type: Published Articles
      Additional Information: Publisher grants permission for open access to author final version only. The final publication is available at www.springerlink.com. The publisher provides open access to a view-only PDF of the full article at the URL given above.
      Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
      Keywords (separated by commas): Heidegger, Aesthetics, Truth, Nothing, Temple
      Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220301 Aesthetics
      22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
      Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
      Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
      Subject Area(s): A - Philosophy
      Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
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      Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Shane Mackinlay
      Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 10:12
      Last Modified: 21 Nov 2016 10:12
      URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2204

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