Corrected subject – Does the artist give something to understand?

This topic notably fell in the philosophy test of the 2015 bac. See all the subjects of the 2015 bac.

The formulation of the subject “Does the artist give something to understand?” is very similar to the following subject: “Does a work of art always have a meaning?“We therefore recommend the correction.

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You could add to this correction the idea that the artist gives something to understand, but that this thing is deceptive. This is Plato’s criticism: “Imitation is therefore far from the truth” he says in The Republic, including under the concept of imitation the artistic production in general.

For Schopenhauer, the artist gives much more than nature can express, in this sense the artist gives something more to understand: “We all know how to recognize human beauty, when we see it; but the true artist knows how to recognize it with such clarity, that he shows it as he has never seen it; his creation surpasses nature” writes Schopenhauer in The World as Will and as Representation

Hegel, in the same sense, makes see the immensity of the possible which emerges from the spirit of the artist: “the man, in that he creates artistically, is a whole world of contents

For Rodin, the artist sees “the inner truths under the appearances“.

Topics in philosophy for the 2015 bac