Mimesis - Praxis - Aisthesis. A Constellation and Its Heritage (3 days)

Thursday, 13. October 2022 um 09:00 Uhr

- International Conference -

Where?  Aula im Hohen Haus (Kulturcampus, Domäne Marienburg)

When? 13th - 15th. october 2022


  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Hetzel
  • Dr. Simone Niehoff
  •  PD Dr. Lars Leeten

Invited guests from the chinese culture university, Taipeh:

  • Hua-Kuei Ho /何畫瑰 (Prof.)
  • C. Lynne Hong / 洪嘉琳 (Associate Prof.)
  • Feng-Wei Wu / 吳豐維 (Associate Prof.)
  • Meng-Shi Chen / 陳孟熙 (Assistant Prof.)
  • Li-Fang Huang / 黃吏坊 (PhD Student)

Invited guest speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Josef Früchtl (Philosophy of Art and Culture, University of Amsterdam)
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Schürmann (Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy of Technology and Culture, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg) 
  • Prof. Dr. Maria Muhle (Philosophy, Aesthetic Theory, Academy of Fine Arts Munich)

Speakers reseach training group University of Hildesheim:

  • Meriam Bousselmi, Ludwig Drosch,
  • Hannah Feiler, Prof. Dr. Andreas Hetzel,
  • Theresa Mayer, Dr. Simone Niehoff,
  • Meike Schudy and PD Dr. Lars Leeten

Info: Modern philosophical aesthetics borrows its name from the ancient Greek term aisthesis. It traditionally examines works of art and objects perceived to be beautiful, focussing on how they are given to a subject of perception. In classical antiquity, however, questions concerning the nature of art and beauty were not exclusively, and not even primarily, addressed within the framework of sensual perception. Instead, art and beauty could be interpreted as being expressive of an activity that is an end in itself, i. e. praxis, and more specifically as imitation, i. e. mimesis, most famously in Aristotle. This conference aims at exploring the constellation of mimesis, praxis and aisthesis and their tensions. Drawing on positions in western and east Asian aesthetics, the contributions will address the sources of the three concepts, their role in ancient and modern aesthetics and their lasting significance for contemporary reflection of art. Questions to be discussed will include: Does aesthetic practice always imply an element of mimesis; and if so, in what way? In how far can mimesis be described as a practice? Can aisthesis be described as a practice too? Does it imply elements of mimesis? What do we miss if aesthetics is conceived of in perceptual terms only? And what do we gain when mimesis and praxis are no longer neglected? By discussing these issues in an international setting, in dialogue with the non-European tradition of Chinese philosophy and art, the conference will contribute to the deepening of our understanding of the methods and the scope of aesthetics today.

Registration by mail is requested: → grk2477@uni-hildesheim.de

Here you can find the programme as pdf-download.

The conference is funded and organised by: DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 2477 - Ästhetische Praxis (https://www.uni-hildesheim.de/grk-2477/), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG),