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In the Fullness of Time: Gadamer on the Temporal Dimension of the Work of Art

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Abstract In Gadamer’s later writings on art, his investigation into the being of the work exploits the temporal resonance of the concept of performative enactment (Vollzug), which displaces the priority of play (Spiel) in his earlier account. Drawing upon Heidegger, Gadamer deploys the concepts of tarrying (Verweilen) and the while (die Weile) to elucidate the temporality of the work of art as an event of being. On the one hand, tarrying describes the temporal structure of the performance that enables the work to come forth. On the other hand, the while characterizes the unique presence of the work that takes place in and through its enactment. Here Gadamer’s understanding of art engages his thought about “empty” and “fulfilled” time. For, the temporal event of the artwork is such that it interrupts the ordinary experience of passing time and thereby opens up another, more authentic experience of the fullness of time.

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