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In the Search for Aesthetic Experience

Eero Tarasti
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


Whether the aesthetic is something we actively make or whether it just appears to us, can be formulated as the distinction between notions of act and event-as defined by the Finnish philosopher Georg Henrik v. Wright. Moreover, the concepts of geno- and phenosign refer to this crucial foundation of any aesthetic treatise, i. e. genosigns carrying along all the phases of its production aiming for such a goal, i. e. Kantian Zweck, and phenosigns as a kind of phenomenal, immediate qualities. However, insofar as the aesthetic manifests a value, we can consider it a sign of such an abstract entity. Such transcendental values gradually get dense and concretized, become 'beings' when they arrive at Dasein via modalities. So, values become modalities, certain modal constellations, and at the end signs. Analogously, aesthetic values become aesthetic experiences when they are 'modalized', and then manifest as artworks, as aesthetic signs.

Published Online: 2010-9-1
Published in Print: 2010-9-1

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