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Lévinas und die Ambiguität der Kunst

Back to issue: Phänomenologische Forschungen 2007
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According to Lévinas, art is an ambiguous phenomenon. He shares this conviction with Plato and bases it on Platonic arguments. Lévinas often refers to the Platonic critique of writing in the dialogue Phaedrus and employs it to support the thesis that all works, especially all artworks, are subject to misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Art is lacking the immediacy of the ethical encounter with the Other, and it allows us to evade reality. In this article, I will turn to the ambiguity of art and show that the diagnosis of an ambiguity is convincing, yet might not necessarily yield a rejection of art.