Philosophy Between Art and Ideology

Publishing House: Arab Cultural Center

Publication Year: 2010

Genre: Philosophy

Number of Pages: 215

“Philosophy Between Art and Ideology” by Shayea Al-Wuqayan is a thought-provoking exploration of the nature of perception, the role of philosophy, interpretation, aesthetic appreciation, creativity, communication, and the aesthetics of imagery. It includes appendices discussing the concept of myth in relation to philosophy and a list of references.

The author begins by emphasizing the relationship between the ordinary and the new, preferring the term ‘ordinary’ over ‘old’, and suggesting that what is new in thought, art, or literature eventually becomes ordinary. He insists that surpassing the ordinary is the gateway to creativity, which, although not always superior, is crucial in accurately understanding, describing, and interpreting reality.

Al-Wuqayan delves into the role of creativity in relation to happiness and well-being, arguing that creativity is primarily about freedom, which he deems more significant than happiness. In his view, breaking free from ordinariness places humans at the core of their humanity. He also discusses the struggle against contextual totalitarianism in free and creative thought, advocating for the diversity of human ideas and beliefs.

The book “Philosophy Between Art and Ideology” explores the concept of perception as presented in Arabic heritage literature, highlighting its cognitive and historical aspects. It addresses the critical consciousness of the crisis of perception in postmodern discourse and the levels of perception.

Al-Wuqayan examines higher perceptions as ideology, explaining how ideologies function. He differentiates between the texts of philosophers and poets, attributing the distinction to the free play of imagination, as philosophers do not engage in free imaginative depiction and do not create poetic worlds.

The author then turns to the impact of prevalent perceptions in a world dominated by extreme rationalization, which he believes leads to a lack of wonder and the prevalence of routine. He redefines wonder as a deep, serious feeling towards the uniqueness and distinction of things, noting that it is the image, not the perception, that evokes wonder.

A separate chapter is devoted to the aesthetics and meanings of imagery, exploring how images represent life and existence, their non-realistic living content, and their relationship to meanings, values, and things. Al-Wuqayan explains how images engage the mind, imagination, and senses, representing not just the external world but also the imaginary, emotional, and conceptual worlds.

The author discusses the role of interpretation in artistic appreciation, considering the interpreter not merely an appreciator but a scholar, thinker, or critic. He contrasts this with the pure appreciation of art, which requires complete openness to the work, viewing the text as a mirror reflecting its true essence.

Finally, Al-Wuqayan explores the social and relative aspects of reason, aiming to uncover the nature of the mind, which encompasses both a universal human aspect and a relative, historical one. He emphasizes that true communication and understanding of facts (knowledge) is the path to genuine communication, which in itself is a form of knowledge.

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