Published: 01/03/2013
ISBN: 9781780884660
Format: Hardback

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Anatomy of Light and Dionysian Aesthetics
by Ron Wyman

Anatomy of Light describes an alchemical process in which the psyche is transformed through a transcendence of the human shadow. A Jungian dream cycle is set into motion, acquiring highly resolute manifestation through phases of the Opus. Through an alchemical reading of Nietzsche this process is understood as based in a metaphysical anatomy called the Peacock’s Egg; something associated with deep realisation in his Thus Spoke Zarathustra. This anatomy is then analysed in terms of light and the image. It is also interpreted through the early Greek phusis and through the tragic, and defined through its pathos and an ethos, placing it as the abode or vessel of one's being. The alchemical opus is then understood through an ontology of light, as eternal recurrence and the will to power are defined through this ethereal anatomy. The light of this peacock's egg, and Nietzsche's perspectivism and thoughts on perception, and the light of his cosmology are then brought into these contexts, and into a clarification through Heidegger’s analysis of phusis and its light.

Dionysian Aesthetics presents six essays that analyse abstraction and transcendence in fine art, associated with Nietzsche and Metaphysical Art, or Pittura Metafisica.

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