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Title: Gadamer, Art, and Contemplation
Subtitle: How to Make Sense of Sacraments in an Allegedly Post-Metaphysical World
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 38    Issue: 2   Date: 2014   
Pages: 111-125
DOI: 10.2143/LS.38.2.3073477

Abstract :
This paper aims at making two points: first, and most importantly, I will argue that what Gadamer says about art (in terms of play, symbol, and festivity) can be easily applied to the liturgical event; secondly, I will argue that we can only relate to this liturgical event properly if we nurture a contemplative disposition. I will develop the latter argument by engaging with Thomas Aquinas’s understanding of intellect and contemplation, which, in my view, coheres well with what Gadamer has to say on play, symbol, and festivity. In making this argument I will also, en passant, part ways with those scholars (such as Kenan Osborne) who claim to draw on Heidegger in their critique of 'onto-theology' and who prefer to espouse a more interpersonal, experiential approach. In my view they ignore how Heidegger and his student Gadamer actually critique subjectivisation and experientialism.

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