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The Aesthetics of Existence: A Sort of Art, or the Ethos of Individual Life?

(Original title: Estetika existencie: umenie, či étos individuálneho života?)
Filozofia, 71 (2016), 6, 437-449.
Type of work: Papers
Publication language: Sovak

The article draws on the conclusions of the discussion which on one hand showed the reception of Foucault’s “aesthetics of existence” and on the other hand offered a partial reflection on the “topicality of the aesthetic” in postmodern philosophy. The issue in question is understood as related to the process of aestheticization from modernity to contemporary self-controlled society. The focus is on questions such as „What does the tendency to give one’s own existence a mark of “visible beauty” mean? How does the aesthetic promote itself in non-aesthetic (especially ethical) spheres of life? Attention is paid first of all to how the aesthetics of existence and the requirements of a higher standard individual ethics are interconnected. The conceptions of M. Foucault, J. Früchtl and W. Schmid are referred to as the main sources of consideration.


Aestheticization, Aesthetics of existence, Ethos, M. Foucault, Philosophy of the art of living, W. Schmid

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