Art and Science: Historical Confluences and Modern Dialectics

  • Nader El-BizriEmail author
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This chapter proceeds by way of presenting an epistemic historiography that philosophically rethinks the relationship between art and science. This is mediated via a consideration of the artes liberales (liberal arts) in antiquity and the mediaeval epoch in the way the letters and the sciences integrally underpinned the architectural arts. The emphasis is then placed on the perspectiva tradition in the manner the Graeco-Arabic science of optics impacted the scientific inquiries that were mediated via Renaissance pictorial and plastic arts. This is further explored in terms of projective geometry in the mathematical praxis of the early-modern era in generating a representational space via the applications of the géométral (geometral) at the intersection of science with architectural engineering. Our inquiry then deals with the modernist age in rethinking the residual aura of the artwork in our contemporary condition by reflecting on the πάρεργον (parergon) that supplements science with the generation of existential meaning. We then ponder of this phenomenon in terms of Heidegger’s ontological reflections on the essence of modern technicity in the way it unfolds as a planetary will to power that en-frames our being-in-the-world (In-der-Welt-sein).


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  1. 1.American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

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