Marco Bruni

The «Perfect Knowledge» of Art. Andrea Emo and the Aesthetic Liberation

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Keywords: Andrea Emo; Art; Truth; Knowledge; Liberation.

In this paper the author focuses his attention on the liberating dimension of art of Andrea Emo’s philosophy. According to Emo the purpose of art is precisely to free ourselves from the purpose. The power of art is to show the partiality of any ontic determination and therefore to unmask the irrationality of the ego’s attachment to itself. This is why Emo also uses the stoic saying "nec spe nec metu" to indicate the peculiarity of the aesthetic transfiguration: a perfect knowledge that is a perfect absence of fear or hope.

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