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1-3/2006

Quarterly
Issued: 30th September 2006
Founded: 1964
ISSN: 0014 –1291
Language: Czech

"Denaturalized" Mimesis

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/56/denaturalized-mimesis

 

The traditional theme of mimesis as a fundamental factor in art, art theory, and aesthetics has undergone many changes of meaning, ups and downs. The present article traces the development of the idea from the point of view of the understanding and appreciation of natural beauty. An inquiry into the relationship between art and reality, that is, mimesis, and the question of the order, reveals two lines of development and their point of bifurcation in Kant and Hegel. The Hegelian line heads towards structuralism, semiotics, semiology and linguistics, to a reduction of orders into standardized norms and epistemes, where the auto-referentiality of art is accented. The Kantian notion of mimesis as “imitation,” which focuses on the aesthetic idea of the natural order, enables the transcendence of episteme and the presentation of the order in the state of becoming. This approach restores the true nature of art.