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Hand to Hand: Listening to the Work of Art

Hand to Hand: Listening to the Work of Art

by Jean-Louis Chretien, Stephen E. Lewis


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A leading philosopher and theologian, Jean-Louis Chrétien uses poetry and painting to explore a theme that runs through all of his work: how human life is shaped by the experience of call and response. For Chrétien, we live by responding to the call of experience with words, gestures, expressions, and silence.

In luminous meditations on Rembrandt, Delacroix, Manet, Verlaine, Keats, and other artists, Chrétien shows how “talking hands of painters” and the “secretly lucid” voices of poets confront the finitude of the human body. Hand to Hand is a deeply cultured renewal of art in all its provocative, transforming, spiritual presence.

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ISBN-13: 9780823222896
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy , #32
Edition description: 2
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jean-Louis Chretien teaches philosophy at the University of Paris IV. His books, as translated into English, include The Unforgettable and the Unhoped For (Fordham
University Press, 2002), Hand to Hand (Fordham University Press, 2003), and The Call and the Response (Fordham University Press, 2004). He is one of the coeditors of Phenomenology and the “Theological Turn”: The French Debate (Fordham University Press, 2000), as well as the author of the follow-up volume Phenomenology “Wide Open”: After the French Debate (Fordham University Press, 2005).

Stephen E. Lewis is Associate Professor of English at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Table of Contents

Translator's Introductionix
How to Wrestle with the Irresistible1
Silence in Painting18
A Polyptych of Slumbers62
The Strange Beauty of Charon81
The Cat as Instrument of Nudity85
From God the Artist to Man the Creator94
Like a Liquid Bond130
Elementary Tears152

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