Tension/​SpannungVienna: Turia + Kant, 2010
Cite as: Christoph F. E. Holzhey, ‘Tension In/Between Aesthetics, Politics, and Physics’, in Tension/​Spannung, ed. by Christoph F. E. Holzhey, Cultural Inquiry, 1 (Vienna: Turia + Kant, 2010), pp. 13–45 <https://doi.org/10.25620/ci-01_02>

Tension In/Between Aesthetics, Politics, and PhysicsChristoph F. E. HolzheyORCID

Abstract

The article sketches a critical paradigm for interdisciplinary work that is centred on tension as a highly ambiguous and ultimately deeply paradoxical notion. It highlights that a unifying account of what tension is or a systematic classification of its diverse meanings would risk resolving tensions between different approaches and privileging a particular mode of doing so. Successively focussing on aesthetic, socio-political, and physical tensions, the essay articulates tension rather as a broad umbrella term that is stretched by multi-perspectival articulations, unified through its intensive surface tension, and at the same time full of transformative and generative potentials. In particular, it proposes that tensions between different cultural or disciplinary fields can be made productive by inducing tensions within each field so that different fields can be related to each other on the basis of tension rather than some substantial commonality.

tension, aesthetics, politics, physics, field theory, intensity

References

  1. Adler, Hans, ‘Ästhetische und anästhetische Wissenschaft: Kants Herder-Kritik als Dokument moderner Paradigmenkonkurrenz’, Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift für Literaturwissenschaft und Geistesgeschichte, 68.1 (1994), pp. 66–76
  2. Anz, Thomas, ‘Spannung durch Trennung: Über die literarische Stimulation von Unlust und Lust’, in Trennungen, ed. by Johannes Cremerius and others, Freiburger literaturpsychologische Gespräche, XIII (Würzburg: Königshausen und Neumann, 1994), pp. 17–33
  3. Barck, Karlheinz, and others, eds., Ästhetische Grundbegriffe (Stuttgart: Metzler, 2005)
  4. Baumgarten, Alexander Gottlieb, Theoretische Ästhetik: Die grundlegenden Abschnitte aus der ‘Aesthetica’ (1750/58) (Hamburg: Meiner, 1988)
  5. Borgmeier, Raimund, Peter Wenzel, and Ulrich Suerbaum, eds., Spannung: Studien zur englischsprachigen Literatur; für Ulrich Suerbaum zum 75. Geburtstag (Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2001)
  6. Burnet, John, Early Greek Philosophy, 4th edn (London: A. & C. Black, 1945)
  7. Fornet-Betancourt, Raúl F., and others, ‘The Ethic of Care for the Self as a Practice of Freedom: An Interview with Michel Foucault on January 20, 1984’, Philosophy Social Criticism, 12 (1984), pp. 112–31
  8. Foucault, Michel, ‘Afterword: The Subject and Power’, in Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics, ed. by Hubert L. Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982), pp. 208–26
  9. Freud, Sigmund, The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, ed. and trans. by James Strachey, 24 vols (London: Vintage, 2001).
  10. Holzhey, Christoph F. E., ‘Selbstorganisation am Rande der Mystik’, in Jenseits der entzauberten Welt: Naturwissenschaft und Mystik in der Moderne, ed. by. Klaus Vondung and K. Ludwig Pfeiffer (Munich: W. Fink, 2006)
  11. Irsigler, Ingo, Christoph Jürgensen, and Daniela Langer, eds., Zwischen Text und Leser: Studien zu Begriff, Geschichte und Funktion literarischer Spannung (Munich: edition text + kritik, 2008)
  12. Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, Die philosophischen Schriften, ed. by C. I. Gerhardt, 7 vols (Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1875–90)
  13. McIntosh Snyder, Jane, ‘The Harmonia of Bow and Lyre in Heraclitus Fr. 51 (DK)’, Phronesis, 29.1, pp. 91–95
  14. Newton, Sir Isaac, The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, transl. of the 3rd Latin edition from 1726 by Andrew Motte (London: 1729)
  15. Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg, ‘Scrips and Scribbles’, MLN, 118 (2003), pp. 622–36
  16. Toward a History of Epistemic Things: Synthesizing Proteins in the Test Tube (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997)
  17. Ricoeur, Paul, The Rule of Metaphor: Multi-Disciplinary Studies of the Creation of Meaning in Language (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1977)
  18. Vorderer, Peter, Hans J. Wulff, and Mike Friedrichsen, eds., Suspense: Conceptualizations, Theoretical Analyses and Empirical Explorations (Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, 1996)