Volume 1, 2018
Aesthetics and Philosophies of Art
Svetlana L. Gromova
Criteria of Philosophical Interpretation of Works of Art
Philosophical interpretation of works of art can be done by quite definite criteria. The symbols taken from traditional art might be such criteria; they form sense and image of works. We will elaborate a method of analysis of philosophical interpretation of works of art through eliciting symbols that form the core of an image and a plot of a given work by philosophical categories, such as ‘motion’, ‘form’ and ‘image’. 1) Motion – is an active element of the art work. 2) Form is a passive element lined up by the trajectory of motion. 3) Image stems from the combination of motion and form. Motion organizes the inherent parts of art work to one rhythm, and the sounder and more compact the rhythm, the brighter the image. Then the symbol can be elicited from the image as something archetypal, existing independently from our ideas and concepts. With this method of philosophical interpretation it is possible to develop a new scientific category – “philosophical sense of work of art”. To make this method useful and applicable in practice we need an extensive empirical base of symbols and signs.