Objective Humour, or Hegel with Francis Bacon - Alenka Zupančič (Philosophy Seminar)

Philosophy Seminar Series 2018/19 - presented by the Scottish Centre for Continental Philosophy

'Objective Humour, or Hegel with Francis Bacon' with Alenka Zupančič (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)


In the last of his series of lectures on Aesthetics, in 1828, Hegel suddenly introduces the notion of »objective humour«, which is both very interesting and very surprising. First, because humour is for Hegel an explicitly and radically subjective mode of spirit, and yet it now acquires an objective, even object-like dimension. Second, because “objective humour” seems to emerge as a possible continuation of art after its »end«, as also proclaimed by Hegel. The lecture will suggest some ways in which to think this notion, which only gets a fleeting appearance in Hegel, and it will do so with the help of Francis Bacon: his art, and particularly his deservingly famous Interviews (conducted by David Sylvester).

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