The Being of a Thing and Its Meaning in Social Communication

By Quynh Nguyen.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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Since the concept of visual art has welcome everyday objects as authentic form and meaning, I have found that Heidegger’s Was ist ein ding?/ What is a thing?, 1967, and Habermas’s Communication and the Evolution of Society, 1976, can be theoretically used to some extent to support and illustrate the reason of existence and creation by using such objects as genuine constructs of artworks and daily dialogues. I understand Habermas’s limits of his theory to verbal language exclusively, but I would like to follow his guidelines only to explore the possibility of semantic or non-verbal representation that links individuals with community, a sort of communication without speech. To strengthen my thesis, I will begin evaluating Heidegger’s discussion on the essence of “thing” to deepen human consciousness of living in the world. I will also use visual images to further evaluate communication based on concrete and probable realities.

Keywords: Everyday Objects, Communication, Evolution of Society, Semantic, Constructs, Non-verbal Language

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.1-11. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 881.283KB).

Dr. Quynh Nguyen

Professor, Division of Architecture, Art, Mathematics and Science, EPC College, El Paso, TX, USA

I have a PhD from Columbia University in New York City, with a concentation in philosophy and art history. For the past twenty years, I taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Texas Lutheran University at Seguin, TX; the University of Texas at El Paso; Townson University, Towson, MD; and currently at EPC College, El Paso, TX. I have presented my papers at national and international Conferences. I am a co-author of The Dictionary of Art (1996)among others. I am the translator of a Vietnamese version of Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logio-philosophicus, and Husserl's Cartesian Meditations. I exchanged notes with Jacques Derrida (1998), and am having published my on-going project entitled, Power and Freedom, along with other research papers since 2006 to date.