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By Paul de Man

Editor note: Edited and with an creation through Andrzej Warminski
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1996

Paul De Man's attractiveness used to be irreparably broken by means of the revelation after his demise of his wartime anti-Semitism, obscuring a few legitimate highbrow contributions to the sector of aesthetics. This choice of philosophical essays, compiled through Andrzej Warminski of the college of California, argues for the shut connections among artwork and politics and paintings and technological know-how. He discusses Kant and Hegel, whose significant contributions to aesthetics are much less identified than their paintings on rationality and morality. And in an essay on Schiller he deplores, fairly naively, the poet/playwright's loss of philosophical problem for the foundation of his paintings.

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The geometrician, then, in order to know what he is talking about, must be able to keep nominal definitions and real definitions apart. Can he really do so? " As soon as the distinction between nominal and real definitions is instituted—or "enunciated," as de Man puts it—it runs into problems on account of Pascal's having to introduce what he calls "primitive terms" into his epistemological discourse. " In geometric discourse, primitive terms are "coextensive" with nominal definitions because their designation, according to Pascal, would be as clear and as unarguable as that of nominal definitions.

9, p. 87. All further references will appear in the text. 36 D THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF METAPHOR hardly be admitted as an imperfection or abuse of it. I confess, in discourses where we seek rather pleasure and delight than information and improvement, such ornaments as are borrowed from them can scarce pass for faults. But yet, if we would speak of things as they are, we must allow that all the art of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, all the artificial and figurative application of words eloquence hath invented, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment, and so indeed are perfect cheat; and therefore however laudable or allowable oratory may render them in harangues and popular addresses, they are certainly, in all discourses that pretend to inform or instruct, wholly to be avoided and, where truth and knowledge are concerned, cannot but be thought a great fault either of the language or person that makes use of them.

Rhetoric and Aesthetics" was the title of de Man's Messenger lecture series delivered at Cornell in February and March of 1983. The titles of the lectures were announced as: I. II. III. IV. V. VI. Anthropomorphism and Trope in Baudelaire Kleist's Uber das Marionettentheater Hegel on the Sublime Kant on the Sublime Kant and Schiller Conclusions "Kant on the Sublime" was entitled "Phenomenality and Materiality in Kant" by the time de Man wrote it. "Conclusions" was the lecture on Benjamin's "The Task of the Translator," now included in The Resistance to Theory.

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