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Crescent Moon over the Rational
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Crescent Moon over the Rational: Philosophical Interpretations of Paul Klee

Stephen H. Watson

Abstract

Why, and in what manner, did artist Paul Klee have such a significant impact on twentieth-century thinkers? His art and his writing inspired leading philosophers to produce key texts in twentieth-century aesthetics, texts that influenced subsequent art history and criticism. Heidegger, Adorno, Benjamin, Merleau-Ponty, Lyotard, Sartre, Foucault, Blanchot, Derrida, and Marion are among the philosophers who have engaged with Klee's art and writings. Their views are often thought to be distant from each other, but the author of this book puts them in conversation. His point is not to vindicate any ... More

Keywords: Paul Klee, aesthetics, art history, art criticism, philosophers, Heidegger, Adorno, Merleau-Ponty, Lyotard, Sartre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804761253
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761253.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen H. Watson, author