The topic of this thesis is, broadly, the crisis of postmodernity and the solution that French rhetorician, Michel Meyer, presents in his theory â€œproblematology.â€ Meyer looks to relocate the focus of philosophical attention on the question as opposed to the answer. Meyer calls preoccupation with answers â€œpropositionalism.â€ Propositionalism can be likened to the looming scientism that threatens philosophy in general. Meyer shows, through an examination of questioning, how philosophy can be rescued from obsolescence without being detracted to scientism. Although Meyerâ€™s philosophy is promising, it could not be considered thorough if it did not address art. Using Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattariâ€™s definition of art as externalized experience, this thesis will explore whether or not Meyer has examined the important relationship between art and philosophy. Through analysis of his three main books in English along with multiple essays, this thesis shows that, although Meyer did not examine art to a great extent, his philosophy contains underlying themes that correspond to the art world. If Meyerâ€™s philosophy is shown to be thorough enough in every respect, it could serve as a new starting point for thought. Meyerâ€™s philosophy has the potential to pioneer a new paradigm of thought that has not been previously explored.
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Janz, Bruce B.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities
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Perez, Elizabeth, "Art as a questioning process" (2012). HIM 1990-2015. 1369.