Christian Bermes (Koblenz-Landau)
Art, art experience and art reflection

Christian Bermes (Koblenz-Landau)
Art, art experience and art reflection
Autonomy and obligation this side of culture and beyond politics


Is society necessary or even the only option as a way of explaining art? The lecture discusses the conditions under which the understanding of art is achieved from a philosophical perspective. The categories of society and politics are maybe just autosuggestions of a communication process that cannot grasp what it thinks it understands. But what contexts can be used to describe experiences of autonomy with regard to art – if not in or against politics or society? And what role do the concepts of opinion and obligation play where art is concerned?

Christian Bermes studied philosophy, political science and history in Trier, Madrid, Frankfurt. From 2008-2009 he held the professorship at TU Chemnitz and he has been professor of philosophy at the University of Koblenz-Landau since 2010. He is a speaker on the Herausforderung Leben  (The challenge of life) postgraduate programme; speaker on the research focus Kulturelle Orientierung und normative Bindung (Cultural orientation and normative bonding) and editor of the Archiv für Begriffsgeschichte (Archive of conceptual history). He has published numerous works on epistemology, language philosophy, anthropology and ethics, as well as on phenomenology and the history of philosophy.