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Exploring the relation between Paul Klee's philosophical thought and art, this book deals both with the impact of Klee's art on recent philosophy and with the relation between Klee's own theoretical writings and his art. Through various approaches the contributors show how Klee's ideas are realized in his art and how, conversely, his art serves to expand and develop his theoretical conceptions.

Addressing temporality (Boehm); ascendancy and counterforce (Krell); artist as tree (Baracchi); visible space (Figal); nature sketches (Baumgartner); image of garden (Schmidt); prominence of rhythm (Barbarić); musical elements (Schuback); tragedy (Acosta); space of transformation (Vallega); Merleau-Ponty and Cézanne (Johnson)--these essays, taken comprehensively, mark a major contribution to the understanding of the philosophical depth of Klee's art and thought.

This book is a reprint of Research in Phenomenology Volume 43, Issue 3.


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Colloquium 4

Timaeus' Discourse on the Xώρα

JOHN SALLIS

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The theme of this essay is expressed in a line from the Dao De Jing: “The great image has no form.” The essay shows how this effacement, annulment, or withdrawal of form is realized in ancient Chinese painting (Song and Ming Dynasties) and in the conception of the natural elements to which much of this painting is related. Certain resonances with this effacement of form are identified in the way that recent Continental thought focuses on an effacement of form as it was determined in ancient Greek philosophy.

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