Journals Higher Education



Published: 09 January 2013

296 Pages | 41 b/w illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780823245406

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The Sense of Semblance

Philosophical Analyses of Holocaust Art

Henry W. Pickford

A Fordham University Press Publication

Holocaust artworks intuitively must fulfill at least two criteria: artistic (lest they be merely historical documents) and historical (lest they distort the Holocaust or become merely artworks). The Sense of Semblance locates this problematic within philosophical aesthetics, as a version of the conflict between aesthetic autonomy and heteronomy, and argues that Adorno's dialectic of aesthetic semblance describes the normative demand that artworks maintain a dynamic tension between the two.