Paradox and Metaphor: An Integrity of the Arts

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 63)


Art is movement, movement is life. Surprisingly, the spareness of paradox in art promotes a fullness of life. We must first speak as simply as possible about art as a fundamental human activity. Only then can we hope to say something of consequence about the so-called “fine arts” — which may be misleading as a description. In substance, the reference “fine art” simply means useless art: “fine” as being free from utility. Art is imaginatively productive, it makes something, whether painting, poem, or partita. But this making has no independent utility, and its character as a work of art is such that it is neither used up nor utilized as a means to something else.


Philosophical Discourse Family Resemblance Hermeneutic Circle Greek Myth Interior Life 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity UniversityUSA

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