The good and the beautiful
Plato calls beauty to ekphanestaton — the most apparent. As such it provides an exemplary topic for phenomenology understood, as it sometimes is in the works of the later Heidegger and the later Merleau-Ponty, as the vision of the invisible within the visible. Because we find that more appears than appears to appear, phenomenology in this sense investigates, tracks to its lair, an excess. Being is the excess for Heidegger. Phenomenology seeks out this excess, negatively by avoiding reductive analysis, positively by attempting to be true to experience, that is to preserve the experience as experience. What experience means here should become clear in the course of what follows.1
Bernasconi, R. (1985)., The good and the beautiful, in W. Hamrick (ed.), Phenomenology in practice and theory, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 179-184.
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