Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht: Production of Presence. What Meaning cannot Or more accurately an oscillation between interpretation and presence. PREHISTORY. Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey. Author: Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. × (60×90/16) hard cover, pp., ISBN 5‑‑‑4 . Production of Presence. What Meaning Cannot Convey. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. STANFORD, CALIFORNIA

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In our eyes though, the definition of presence through epiphany is a weaker moment of the book.

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Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey

In Europe and in South America, Gumbrecht has a presence as a public intellectual; whereas, in the academic world, he has been acknowledged by ten honorary doctorates in seven different countries: For one, it is barely probable that a direct recourse to the concept of Being might be readily accepted within the context of the humanities as a credible founding bloc for a new nonhermeneutical framework: The energy of the crowd, in combination with the other aesthetic and emotional responses evoked by watching athletic aptitude, leads to the range of “fascinations” Gumbrecht incorporates into his method for describing and expressing appreciation for sport.

On a Hidden Potential of Literature. Weiner rated it it was amazing Aug 03, Skip to main content. Over the past forty years, he has published more than two thousand texts, including books, translated into more than twenty languages. I’m ambivalent about Gumbrecht. These are epiphanypresentification, and deixis. In an effort to further contextualize the question of interpretation and underscore the deep-rootedness of the problem raised by its extreme meaning bias, Gumbrecht situates his ulriich more generally by briefly retelling the history of Fo metaphysics.

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Gumbrecht’s writing on philosophy and modern thought extends from the Middle Ages to today and incorporates an array of disciplines and styles, at times combining historical and philosophical inquiry with elements of memoir. Also, the slavist in us can’t help but wonder if more attention to the studies of poetics by the Russian Formalists or Czech Structuralists could not have provided Gumbrecht with an intriguing template to further examine his idea of a tension between meaning and presence: Smart book but I disagreed with his thesis.

But herein lies the most frustrating thing about this book: The methodological restraint Gumbrecht allies to his very bold and wide-ranging claim on the necessary future epistemological orientation of the humanities is all the more significant when one acknowledges that The Production of Presence represents “a comprehensive version of [his] thinking” publisher comments.


I think the chapter entitled “Beyond Meaning The aim of the book is to reevaluate the production of knowledge in this area, with a particular focus on reviving the effects of sensual, bodily presence. The professors initiated the group in to provide students and faculty with an opportunity to engage in philosophical close reading and analytical discussion on a weekly basis.

The quest for presence he is advocating does not imply an obturation of the dimension of meaning fundamental to interpretation: Even more significantly, Heidegger is not the only thinker to wish to overcome “metaphysics”.

Nov 12, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Living on the Edge of TimeProduction of Presence: By identifying specific moods as temporal in nature, he attempts to capture the spirit of particular time periods and to recreate how they were experienced by people living at those times.

Production of Presence: What Meaning Cannot Convey by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

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In essence, the humanities are enjoined to renounce their purely meaning-based epistemology, and “get their hands dirty” 78 by engaging with the bodily, sensorial dimension of the world, its very “presence”, “substance” — and even “Being”. True, Gumbrecht mentions Niklas Luhmann’s thesis that a possibility to experience meaning effects and presence effects in simultaneity may be found in art.

He also writes in Spanish and Portuguese ulirch, and his works are regularly translated into FrenchHungarianKoreanRussianand several other languages. Epiphany refers to a moment of intensity or loss of control related to viewing an artistic work; presentification refers to immersing oneself in the past moment of the artwork’s production; deixis involves the “lived experience” of artistic work, rather than the imposition of meaning.

In addition to his work on presence, materiality, and hermeneutics in the humanitiesGumbrecht’s main areas of research, teaching, ulirch publishing include:. First prosuction foremost, he introduces presence as epiphany, or in other terms, an aesthetic “moment of intensity” which has nothing edifying, “no message, nothing that we could really learn from” At times, Gumbrecht reads as a baby.


On the Beauty of Team Sports”. Todd rated it it was amazing Dec 04, He writes, “‘Reading for Stimmung’ always means paying attention to the textual dimension of the presenc that envelop us and our bodies as a physical reality—something that can catalyze inner feelings without matters of representation necessarily being involved. To ask other readers questions about Production of Presenceplease sign up.

In a way, it is probably precisely because he is trying to appropriate for the humanities a knowledge traditionally reserved to theology that his is confronted with the accusation of becoming a religious thinker. To his credit, Gumbrecht admits, toward the end of the book, that his thinking has much in common with certain religious thought and he even interacts with a recent theological movement known as radical orthodoxy and tentatively with some Buddhist principles. Production of Presence is a passionate plea for a rethinking and a reshaping of the intellectual practice within the humanities.

Grumbrecht takes you through his own intellectual development–his embracing and then movement away from meaning production hermeneutics and his movement towards a more holistic model that engages with and privileges what Gumbrecht calls “aesthetic experience” or epiphany, or presence.

Production of Presence is a comprehensive version of the thinking of Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, one of the most consistently original literary scholars writing today. Jayne rated it really liked it Sep 19, Skip to main content. Among these thinkers, Heidegger is singled out as of particular importance, as he provides the conceptual framework needed to mark out a first, admittedly provisory, model of the nonhermeneutical epistemology being called for Bohrer, Nancy, Steiner, Butler are also mentioned as relevant contemporary thinkers to that end.

Paperbackpages. Focusing on the atmosphere produced by a work of literature and experienced by the work’s reader, he argues, is crucial to the intellectual practice of reading and analyzing literature.

What Meaning Cannot Convey. It offers a personalized account of some of the central theoretical movements in literary studies and in the humanities over the past thirty years, together with an equally personal view of a possible future.