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Crescent Moon over the RationalPhilosophical Interpretations of Paul Klee$
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Stephen H. Watson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761253

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761253.001.0001

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On the Withdrawal of the Beautiful

On the Withdrawal of the Beautiful

Adorno's and Merleau-Ponty's Readings of Paul Klee

(p.11) 1 On the Withdrawal of the Beautiful
Crescent Moon over the Rational
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This chapter examines Theodor Adorno and Maurice Merleau-Ponty's interpretation of the works of Paul Klee and their views on beauty. It analyzes the confluence in the works of Adorno and Merleau-Ponty, explaining that they both undertook radical revision or criticism of the classical phenomenological research program and did so by explicitly connecting Edmund Husserl's and Martin Heidegger's work. The chapter also suggests that both Adorno and Merleau-Ponty privileged the aesthetic via the work of Klee and criticized the account of instrumental or operational rationality which has precluded our understanding of the truths of the aesthetic dimension.

Keywords:   Paul Klee, Theodor Adorno, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, beauty, aesthetics, operational rationality, phenomenological research

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