Critical Communities and Aesthetic Practices

Dialogues with Tony O’Connor on Society, Art, and Friendship

  • Francis Halsall
  • Julia Jansen
  • Sinead Murphy

Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Francis Halsall, Julia Jansen, Sinéad Murphy
    Pages 1-9
  3. Hermeneutics and Aesthetic Practices: Art, Ritual, Interpretation

  4. Critical Communities and Aesthetic Subjects: Ethics, Politics, Action

  5. Aesthetic Practice and Critical Community: Friendship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Gary Banham
      Pages 171-180
    3. William S. Hamrick
      Pages 195-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-212

About this book


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 up with 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.


Critique of Art Cultural Schema Derrida Godard Heidegger Hoelderlin Kantian friendship Merleau-Ponty Tony O’Connor aesthetic practice critical community friendship hermeneutics identity ontology othering

Editors and affiliations

  • Francis Halsall
    • 1
  • Julia Jansen
    • 2
  • Sinead Murphy
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. Visual CultureNational College of Art & DesignDublin 8Ireland
  2. 2.Dept. PhilosophyUniversity College CorkCorkIreland
  3. 3.Philosophical StudiesNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUnited Kingdom

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