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- Prof Dr Thomas Dreier

Law and images are generally not regarded as having much in common, since law is based on textual and images are based on visual information. The paper demonstrates that quite to the contrary, legal norms can be understood as models of intended moral behaviour and hence as images, in the same way as images can be said to have a normative and hence regulatory effect. Following an interdisciplinary approach along the lines of cultural research, the paper explains how images “function” to lawyers and how the law “works” to those trained in the visual sciences. In addition, laying the foundations for a research field “Law and Images” in parallel to the well-established “Law and Literature”, the paper describes the main avenues for future research in this field. Also, the paper contains a brief systematization of images in law, of law and for law.


Neu bearbeitet und herausgegeben von Stefan Majetschak

Clive Bell

Edited by Stefan Majetschak

Das Buch „Kunst“ von Clive Bell, das 1914 erschien, ist ein Klassiker der Kunsttheorie, der noch heute starke Beachtung findet und moderne Strömungen der Kunsttheorie inspiriert.
Clive Bell war als bedeutender Kunstkritiker Mitglied der legendären Bloomsbury Group, die zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts die kulturelle Modernisierung Englands vorantrieb. Bell geht es in seinem Buch um die Frage, welche Eigenschaft ein Werk zu einem Kunstwerk macht. Seine Antwort: Es ist die „signifikante Form“, die allen Kunstwerken gemeinsam ist und die unser ästhetisches Gefühl auslöst. Diese auf die Form bezogene essentialistische Kunstauffassung ist nicht unwidersprochen geblieben, ist aber bis heute ein wichtiges Dokument einer formalistischen Ästhetik, die zu ihrer Zeit den post-impressionistischen Malern wie Cézanne, Matisse und Picasso in der angelsächsischen Welt zum Durchbruch verhalf.
Die zuletzt im Jahr 1922 erschienene deutsche Übersetzung von Paul Westheim wird hier in einer vollständig überarbeiteten Fassung neu vorgelegt.

From Fountain to Moleskine

The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Producibility


Maurizio Ferraris

Photography was invented in the mid-nineteenth century, and ever since that moment painters have been asking what they are there for. Everyone has their own strategy. Some say they do not paint what is there, but their impressions. Others paint things that are not seen in the world, and therefore cannot be photographed, because they are abstractions. Others yet exhibit urinals in art galleries. This may look like the end of art but, instead, it is the dawn of a new day, not only for painting but – this is the novelty – for every form of art, as well as for the social world in general and for industry, where repetitive tasks are left to machines and humans are required to behave like artists.

How to Do Things with Affects

Affective Triggers in Aesthetic Forms and Cultural Practices


Edited by Ernst van Alphen and Tomáš Jirsa

How to Do Things with Affects develops affect as a highly productive concept for both cultural analysis and the reading of aesthetic forms. Shifting the focus from individual experiences and the human interiority of personal emotions and feelings toward the agency of cultural objects, social arrangements, and aesthetic matter, the book examines how affects operate and are triggered by aesthetic forms, media events, and cultural practices. Transgressing disciplinary boundaries and emphasizing close reading, the collected essays explore manifold affective transmissions and resonances enacted by modernist literary works, contemporary visual arts, horror and documentary films, museum displays, and animated pornography, with a special focus on how they impact on political events, media strategies, and social situations.

Contributors: Ernst van Alphen, Mieke Bal, Maria Boletsi, Eugenie Brinkema, Pietro Conte, Anne Fleig, Bernd Herzogenrath, Tomáš Jirsa, Matthias Lüthjohann, Susanna Paasonen, Christina Riley, Jan Slaby, Eliza Steinbock, Christiane Voss.

Grenzgänge in der Philosophie

Denken darstellen

Edited by Alexander Fischer and Annett Wienmeister

Nichtsprachliche Darstellungsformen in der Kunst finden als Medien der Vergegenwärtigung und Vermittlung philosophischer Fragestellungen gesteigerte Aufmerksamkeit. Dieser Band widmet sich aus erkenntnistheoretischer Perspektive der Frage nach den Möglichkeiten und Grenzen künstlerischer Darstellungen philosophischen Denkens.

Experten der Disziplinen Kunsttheorie und Philosophie wie Elke Bippus, Horst Bredekamp, Dieter Mersch, Klaus Sachs-Hombach u. a. setzen dabei einen Fokus auf Bilder, Filme, Ausstellungspraktiken und Architektur. Die einzelnen Texte sind auch durch Graphic Recordings des Zeichners Sebastian Lörscher festgehalten, wodurch die Forschungsbeiträge selbst im Dialog mit einer künstlerischen Darstellungsform stehen.

Fashion and Contemporaneity

Realms of the Visible


Edited by Laura Petican

This book represents the voices of scholars, fashion designers, bloggers and artists, who speak to the pervasive nature of fashion in matters of politics, history, economics, sociology, religion, culture, art and identity. Dialogically open, the volume offers a broad apprehension of visual matter in the global contemporary context with fashion at its core, exploring its metamorphosing, media-oriented and ‘disordered’ modes of being in the early twenty-first century. The book’s contributors consider topics of universal import stemming from the realm of fashion, its dissemination and impact, from institutional, corporate, collective and individual perspectives, reflecting on the morphing, interchanging and revolutionary quality of the visual realm as the basis for continued research in fashion studies. Contributors are Shari Tamar Akal, Jess Berry, Naomi Braithwaite, Claire Eldred, Sarah Heaton, Hilde Heim, Demetra Kolakis, Sarah Mole, Lynn S. Neal, Laura Petican, Cecilia Winterhalter, Manrutt Wongkaew.

Paul Ricoeur’s Idea of Reference

The Truth as Non-Reference


Sanja Ivic

This book investigates the importance of Ricoeur’s hermeneutics and poetics in rethinking humanities. In particular, Ricoeur’s insights on reference as refiguration and his idea of interpretation as a triadic process (which consists of mimesis 1 – prefiguration, mimesis 2 – configuration, and mimesis 3 – refiguration) will be applied to philosophy of science and to literary and historical texts. It will be shown that Ricoeur’s idea of emplotment can be extended and applied to scientific, literary and historical texts. This multidisciplinary research will include philosophy of science, metaphysics, hermeneutics, and literary theory.

Roots in the Air

A Philosophical Autobiography of a Philosopher, Artist, and Musician


Michael Krausz

By way of dialogues, Michael Krausz offers philosophical reflections about his life as philosopher, artist, and musician. He also rehearses his views about relativism, interpretation, creativity, and self-realization. Much of Krausz’s work has been inspired by conversations with thinkers such as Karl Popper, Thomas Kuhn, Isaiah Berlin, the Dalai Lama, and musicians such as Josef Gingold, Frederik Prausnitz, and Luis Biava. While the death of his grandparents in Auschwitz continues to disquiet his consciousness, Krausz’s critiques of versions of Advaitic Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism led him to a distinctive humanism. This thought-provoking book includes personal and professional accounts about particular philosophers, artists, and musicians. It will edify anyone who, like Krausz, has confronted issues of self-identity and human existence.


Andrea Baldini

What is the relationship between street art and the law? In A Philosophy Guide to Street Art and the Law, Andrea Baldini argues that street art has a constitutive relationship with the law. A crucial aspect of the identity of this urban art kind depends on its capacity to turn upside down dominant uses of public spaces. Street artists subvert those laws and social norms that regulate the city. Baldini shows that street art has not only transformed public spaces and their functions into artistic material, but has also turned its rebellious attitude toward the law into a creative resource. He aims at elucidating and arguing for this claim, while drawing important implications at the level of street art’s metaphysics, value, and relationship with rights of intellectual property, in particular copyright and moral rights. At the other end of the spectrum of contractual art, street art is outlaw art.


Adam Andrzejewski and Mateusz Salwa

The aim of this essay is to analyse TV series from the point of view of philosophical aesthetics. Aiming to show how philosophy may contribute to “seriality studies”, Andrzejewski and Salwa focus on seriality as a factor which defines the structure of TV series, their aesthetic properties, as well as their modes of reception. TV series have been studied within media theory and cultural studies for quite a long time, but they have been approached mainly in terms of their production, distribution, and consumption across various and changing social contexts. Following the agenda of philosophical aesthetics Andrzejewski and Salwa claim instead seriality implies a sort of normativity, i.e. that it is possible to indicate what features a television show has to have in order to be a serial show as well as the manner in which it should be watched if it is to be experienced as a serial work.