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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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Gadamer, Benjamin, Aesthetic Modernism, and the Rehabilitation of Allegory

Gadamer, Benjamin, Aesthetic Modernism, and the Rehabilitation of Allegory

The Relevance of Klee

(p.35) 2Gadamer, Benjamin, Aesthetic Modernism, and the Rehabilitation of Allegory
Crescent Moon over the Rational
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This chapter examines Hans-Georg Gadamer and Walter Benjamin's interpretation of the works of Paul Klee in relation to aesthetic modernism and the rehabilitation of allegory. It explains that Klee theorized aesthetic modernism in relation to Gadamer's post-Kantian archive, and that Gadamer considered him as less a creator than a discoverer of the as yet unseen and the inventor of the previously unimagined, which only emerges into reality through him. The chapter also argues that Klee's work instantiates the dispersion or fragmentation of tradition itself which is fully captured by neither Benjamin nor Gadamer's analysis.

Keywords:   Paul Klee, aesthetic modernism, allegory, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Walter Benjamin, fragmentation of tradition

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