By Thomas Harrison
The 12 months 1910 marks an striking, and mostly unrecognized, juncture in Western background. during this perceptive interdisciplinary research, Thomas Harrison addresses the extreme highbrow fulfillment of the time. concentrating on the cultural weather of heart Europe and paying specific consciousness to the lifestyles and paintings of Carlo Michelstaedter, he deftly portrays the reciprocal implications of other discourses--philosophy, literature, sociology, track, and portray. His fantastically balanced and deeply expert research presents a brand new, wider, and extra formidable definition of expressionism and exhibits the importance of this flow in shaping the inventive and highbrow temper of the age.1910 probes the recurrent issues and obsessions within the paintings of intellectuals as various as Egon Schiele, Georg Trakl, Vasily Kandinsky, Georg Luk?cs, Georg Simmel, Dino Campana, and Arnold Schoenberg. including Michelstaedter, who dedicated suicide in 1910 on the age of 23, those thinkers shared the fundamental matters of expressionism: a feeling of irresolvable clash in human lifestyles, the philosophical prestige of demise, and a quest for the character of human subjectivity. Expressionism, Harrison argues provocatively, was once a final, determined try via the intelligentsia to protect probably the most venerable assumptions of eu tradition. This ideological desperation, he claims, used to be greater than a religious prelude to global warfare I: it was once an unheeded, prophetic critique.
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On the other side of the divide stand defenders of hard and practical knowledge. One group, meeting for the first time in a Viennese café in 1910, achieves fame under the rubric of neopositivists or logical empiricists (Otto Neurath, Philipp Frank, and Hans Hahn). Another, composed of historical materialists, makes its classic attack on idealism and "impressionistic" philosophers in Vladimir Lenin's Materialism and Empirio-criticism (1909). Others include behaviorists, experimental psychologists, sociologists, and psychoanalysts, though each group will have its defectors (Carl Jung, for one).
And such is its power that it charms it, magically charms it, so that it stands naked in the naked and is not destroyed" (Buber 1913a: 56–57). " "All that is scattered, fleeting, and fragmentary grows together into unity" (Buber 1913a: 39). This unity is not an inner, psychological condition or a mystical union of outside experience. It is the unity of complex, contingent, and finite ― 79 ― relations into which all things enter at any moment in time, the manifold dimensions of a "life-experience" in which subjects and objects historically participate.
For this is what rhetoric masks by means of its identities, theories, and systems. One returns to the ground by accepting its disorder as a fundamental and insuperable condition. One returns to the ground by establishing direction upon it. Unlike orientation, direction arises only in recognition of the "thousand-named, nameless polarity of all being," or in acknowledgment of the tension between piece and piece of the world, between thing and thing, between image and being, between world and you, in the very heart of yourself, at all places, with its swinging tensions and its streaming reciprocity.
1910: The Emancipation of Dissonance by Thomas Harrison