Dr. Daniel Tate, professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure, published an article titled "Erotics or Hermeneutics?: Nehamas and Gadamer on Beauty and Art" that appeared in the Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology Volume 2; Issue 1, pp. 7-30.
This article draws on the work of Alexander Nehamas and Hans-Georg Gadamer, who each return to Plato in order to reclaim the relevance of beauty for our understanding of art. In so doing, both challenge the reign of aesthetic theory inaugurated by Kant. While Nehamas reasserts the passionate longing that draws us toward art (against Kant's notion of disinterest pleasure), Gadamer recalls the ancient concept of beauty in order to revive art's claim to truth (against Kant's divorce of the aesthetic and the cognitive).
What Nehamas emphasizes in Plato is the role of love (eros) in our experience of beauty. For his part, Gadamer stresses the appearing of the beautiful in Plato as a shining forth of truth (aletheia).
Tate's account appropriates Nehamas's phenomenologcal analysis of the erotic to Gadamer's ontological conception of the alethic in order to sketch a more comprehensive account that retrieves the Platonic legacy for a hermeneutic view of art.
Tate also contributed a 2,500 word review of a book by Jesus Adrian Escudero on "Heidegger and the Emergence of the Question of Being," which seeks to provide a unified interpretation of Heidegger's early thought leading up to Being and Time. It appeared on June 16, 2015, in the Notre Dame Philosophical Review, an online review journal.
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