Poetics and politics
Poetics and politics: these two key words are the names of the two main axes of Jacques Taminiaux's work as a whole. They are also the title of the first chapter of his Maillons herméneutiques of 2009. In that work, he goes through a chain of 14 "links" to show that each of them consists in "cross-checkings" (in French recoupements, which is the title of another of his books published in 1982) of different interpretive designs, all of which have to do, in a more or less direct manner, of this intercrossing of art and politics which, ever since his first book, has been central to his thought. As he himself recalls, the analysis of such "cross-checkings" was already the focus of his first book, La nostalgie de la Grèce à l'aube de l'idéalisme allemand. In this book, in which Taminiaux shows how ancient Greece became an indispensable reference for German thinkers at the end of the eighteenth century (and which itself has become an indispensable reference for students of this period), Taminiaux demonstrates how Hölderlin and Hegel, in their respective itineraries of thought, were profoundly influenced by Schiller's nostalgia for Greece, as expressed in Schiller's famous poem of 1788 about Die Götter Griechenlandes, The Gods of Greece.
Dastur, F. (2017)., Poetics and politics, in V. Fóti & P. Kontos (eds.), Phenomenology and the primacy of the political, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 209-217.
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