Academic journal article Philosophy Today

Special Topic: Heidegger and Paul Klee General Introduction

Academic journal article Philosophy Today

Special Topic: Heidegger and Paul Klee General Introduction

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It has long been whispered that Heidegger's encounter with the work of Paul Klee prompted him to entertain a rewrite of"The Origin of the Work of Art." Although this project never materialized, Heidegger did record a set of notes on Klee that fundamentally rethink the task of art today. These notes, which form the basis of this special topic of Philosophy Today, cannot be ignored if one is fully to appreciate Heidegger's philosophy of art. Still more, they help us to understand how Klee could stand as a sort of painterly counterpart to Hölderlin for Heidegger. They tell us what painters are for in destitute times.

Following an introduction by Dennis Schmidt, presented here for the first time in German and English is a compilation of all of Heidegger's notes on Klee that have been published up to now. After this the reader will find English translations of two texts by Günter Seubold on Heidegger's notes, followed by translations of two little-known dialogues in which Heidegger discusses Klee. The special topic concludes with a book discussion of Dennis Schmidt's Between Word and Image, which, as Schmidt relates in his reply to his commentators John Sallis and Walter Brogan, took its inspiration from Heidegger's notes.

On behalf of Philosophy Today, I would like to thank Arnulf Heidegger, Verlag Vittorio Klostermann, and the Martin Heidegger Estate for allowing the journal to publish Heidegger's "Notizen zu Klee" in both German and English translation, as well as to publish English translations of "Die Kunst und das Denken" and "Wechselseitige Spiegelung. …

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