Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy

Volume 18, Issue 2, Spring 2014

Günter Figal
Pages 551-561

Is There Any Truth in Art?
Aesthetical Considerations

This paper discusses the question if there is any truth in art. Initially it poses the question whether artworks are just mere appearances or whether they have a special truth. In critical reflection on Heidegger’s conception of art as the “setting-itself-to-work of truth” this question is then elaborated and answered: The appearance character of artworks cannot be conceived as truth. What true artworks show, namely mere possibilities, is beyond truth, because it does not belong to the real world. Artworks are not true; in their decentered order and their self-showing nature they are beautiful.