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Life and Art in Hegel's Thought

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2020, 61(), pp.89-120
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.61.0.03
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : April 27, 2020
  • Accepted : May 16, 2020
  • Published : October 31, 2020

Jeong-Im Kwon 1

1강원대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study researches the concept of life in Hegel’s writings considering the cognitive function of art that he emphasized in relation to life. Hegel defined life as love, object of self-conscious desire, pure idea, other-idea, and idea of beauty. Among these, the most important meaning of life for Hegel was living things, especially the idea of spiritual life, which is constantly dividing and uniting at same time. In fact, the idea of spiritual life is within living things. According to Hegel, the idea can be true only when it is embodied and must appear to us. He thought this idea can be given shape through the beauty of art and recognized by intuitive artistic consciousness. Therefore, the significance of this research lies in newly contemplating Hegel’s definition of art and beauty of art from the perspective of life and reexamining the cognitive function of art, which enables us to intuit the meaning and structure of life in the present day.

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