Creation and the Function of Art

Techne, Poiesis and the Problem of Aesthetics

Creation and the Function of Art

Returning to the Greek understanding of art to rethink its capacities, Creation and the Function of Art focuses on the relationship between techne and phusis (nature). Les mer
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Creation and the Function of Art

Returning to the Greek understanding of art to rethink its capacities, Creation and the Function of Art focuses on the relationship between techne and phusis (nature). Moving away from the theoretical Platonism which dominates contemporary understandings of art, this book instead reinvigorates Aristotelian causation.

Beginning with the Greek topos and turning to insights from philosophy, pure mathematics, psychoanalysis and biology, Jason Tuckwell re-problematises techne in functional terms. This book examines the deviations at play within logical forms, the subject, and upon phusis to better situate the role of the function in poiesis (art). In so doing, Tuckwell argues that art concerns a genuinely creative labour that cannot be resolved via an ontological or epistemological problem, but which instead constitutes an encounter with the problematic. As such, techne is shown to be a property of the living, of intelligence coupled to action, that not only enacts poiesis or art, but indicates a broader role for creative deviation in nature.

Introduction
1. Functions and models: Art and knowledge
2. The re-problematisation of techne: Subjects and praxis
3. Deviant techne: Phusis and -jet
4. The function of Art: Creation and poiesis
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Returns to the ancient Greek understanding of art to rethink its capabilities, focusing on the relationship of techne and nature.

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