Materials: F. Campana “La posta in gioco. Arte e libertà in Hegel” (Pólemos 1/2017)

We are pleased to share an article by Francesco Campana (ZfL Berlin) titled ‘La posta in gioco. Arte e libertà in Hegel’ (‘Art and Freedom in Hegel: The Issues at Stake’), published in Pólemos. Materiali di filosofia e critica sociale 1/2017, pp. 86-101. The article is included in a Special Issue dedicated to the topic ‘Emancipation’, edited by M. Biscuso and J. M. H. Mascat.

Here the abstract of the article (in English)

This article investigates the role of the notion of freedom in Hegel’s Philosophy of Art by isolat- ing the particular way Hegel frames this concept within the aesthetic context. While Hegel’s notion of freedom is certainly rooted in logic and acquires some of its basic features thanks to the anthropological and moral-political inquiry, it is not reducible to these fields. Indeed, by analyzing the most relevant moments of freedom in the Hegelian Lectures on Aesthetics and underscoring the variations in the definition of freedom both in Hegel’s treatment of the different forms of art (symbolic, classic, romantic) and in the individual arts (from architecture to poetry), I argue that Hegel makes a crucial distinction between two important meanings of freedom, which I will isolate. The first one is appropriate to the notion of art, particularly the art typical of the classical age (and of the sculpture), the second one is a higher version of free- dom – one that is more spiritual, less artistic, but still included in the aesthetic domain – which is typical of the modern era (and of the poetry). The crucial difference between these two meanings of freedom is determined by the appearance of the free subjectivity. I conclude the arti- cle by illustrating how the notion of freedom becomes decisive, especially in modernity, in deter- mining the highest aim of art.

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