Art as the Truth of Tomorrow: Expression and the Healing of the World

By Eleanor M. Godway.

Published by The Arts Collection

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If our culture is to be sustainable, if our world can be healed, we need to be able to come up with new ways of relating to one another and the world. Perhaps art can do more than give aesthetic pleasure. Audre Lorde distinguishes poetry from rhetoric and tells us “poetry is not a luxury.” Heidegger’s “poesis” points to an “Open” that could imply what Merleau-Ponty calls a “truth of tomorrow”: a way to envisage a new future. The paper explores two cases, the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the RiverCube project initiated by artist/philosopher Bob Johnson. This involved participating in collecting trash from a river and its banks which is made into a “Denkmal.” These examples suggest possibilities of living differently.

Keywords: Art as Poesis, Audre Lorde, Heidegger, Merleau-ponty, Berlin, Bob Johnson’s RiverCubes

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.33-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 704.625KB).

Dr. Eleanor M. Godway

Professor, Deptment of Philosophy, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT, USA

Dr. Eleanor M. Godway earned her B.A., M.A. at Cambridge (England); her Ph.D. at York University, (Canada), thesis on Merleau-Ponty’s “Parole Originaire”, has taught at York University, Canada, and in the U.S.A. at Alfred University, Earlham College, and since 1987 at Central Connecticut State University where she is Professor of Philosophy, specializing in Continental Philosophy (Philosophy of Art in particular) and the History of Philosophy. She has published numerous articles on Merleau-Ponty and other Continental thinkers, including one in “The International Journal of the Arts and Society”. She has co-edited a book “Who is this ‘We’? Absence of Community”. Her current project is a full length study of Twentieth Century Scottish philosopher John Macmurray.

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