Life as Art: Concerning Some Paradoxes of an Ethical Concept

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Title:Life as Art: Concerning Some Paradoxes of an Ethical Concept
Creators:
Varga, Somogy; aesthetics at ff dot cuni dot cz; University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Journal or Publication Title:
Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 46, 1, pp. 49-61
Uncontrolled Keywords:Foucault M., popular culture, art of living, artistic creativity

Abstract

During the last thirty years or so, there has been a veritable renaissance of the classical ethical idea of the ‘art of living’. Far from being restricted to philosophical discourse, it has also successfully entered the arena of popular culture. This renaissance is closely linked to the late work of Foucault, in which he attempts to restore this classical idea, which he thinks is lacking in modern Western societies. The author aims to assess the Foucaultdian idea of the art of living, and argues that Foucault greatly transformed the Graeco-Roman idea by radicalizing the dimension of artistic activity. In the second part of the paper the author asks whether this radicalized idea can live up to Foucault’s own emancipatory expectations. Lastly, the author argues that the radicalization of the aesthetic dimension has a contradictory effect.

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Title:Life as Art: Concerning Some Paradoxes of an Ethical Concept
Translated title:Leben als Kunst. Zu einigen Paradoxa eines ethischen Konzepts
Creators:
Varga, Somogy; aesthetics at ff dot cuni dot cz; University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Uncontrolled Keywords:Foucault M., popular culture, art of living, artistic creativity
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
Divisions:Humanities and Social Sciences > 8. Section of Historical Sciences > Institute of Art History > Estetika (Aesthetics)
Journal or Publication Title:Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics
Volume:46
Number:1
Page Range:pp. 49-61
ISSN:0014 –1291
Publisher:Institute of Art History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
ID Code:4286
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:22 May 2009 01:35
Last Modified:22 May 2009 01:35

Citation

Varga, Somogy (2009) Life as Art: Concerning Some Paradoxes of an Ethical Concept. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, 46 (1). pp. 49-61. ISSN 0014 –1291

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