Springer, Dordrecht


212 Pages

ISBN 978-94-007-1508-0

Contributions to Phenomenology
vol. 64

Critical communities and aesthetic practices

dialogues with Tony O'Connor on society, art, and friendship

Edited by

Julia Jansen

Critical Communities and Aesthetic Practices brings together eminent international philosophers to discuss the inter-dependence of critical communities and aesthetic practices. Their contributions share a hermeneutical commitment to dialogue, both as a model for critique and as a generator of community.

Two conclusions emerge: The first is that one's relationships with others will always be central in determining the social, political, and artistic forms that philosophical self-reflection will take. The second is that our practices of aesthetic judgment are bound upwith our efforts as philosophers to adapt ourselves and our objects of interest to the inescapably historical and indeterminate conditions of experience.

The papers collected here address the issue that critical communities and aesthetic practices are never politically neutral and can never be abstracted from their particular contexts. It is for this reason that the contributors investigate the politics, not of laws, parties or state constitutions, but of open, indefinably critical communities such as audiences, peers and friends.

Critical Communities and Aesthetic Practices is distinctive in providing a current selection of prominent positions, written for this volume. Together, these comprise a pluralist, un-homogenized collection that brings into focus contemporary debates on critical and aesthetic practices.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-1509-7

Full citation:

Jansen, J. (ed) (2012). Critical communities and aesthetic practices: dialogues with Tony O'Connor on society, art, and friendship, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents


Halsall Francis; Jansen Julia; Murphy Sinéad


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In between word and image

Davey Nicholas


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Art and edge

Casey Edward


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From reflection to refraction

Mullarkey John


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A note on Hölderlin-translation

David Farrell Krell


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Violence and splendor

Lingis Alphonso


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Community beyond instrumental reason

Williams James


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Derrida's specters

Hodge Joanna


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Bernasconi Robert


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Kantian friendship

Banham Gary


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Just friends

Silverman Hugh J


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The art of friendship

Hamrick William


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