Paul Maslov Karlsson
I am working on a doctoral thesis in aesthetics, where I will bring out, clarify, and defend the relevance of, the notion of “mimetic truth” implicit in, yet fundamental to, the hermeneutical aesthetics of Hans-Georg Gadamer. I have given a course on Gadamer's Hermeneutical Aesthetics at the graduate level in aesthetics, and a lecture on Descartes at Folkuniversitetet. I earn my living as a technical translator, and am translating Québecan poet Gaston Miron's poetry into Swedish.
Keywords: ontology phenomenology translation plato mimesis darstellungsästhetik werkästhetik hermeneutics critique of ideology hegel gadamer descartes presentation interpretation poetics aristotle
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Studies in history, aesthetics, theoretical philosophy and latin at the universities in Stockholm and Uppsala.
Worked prior to doctoral studies for several years as personal assistant for a disabled man, in the social services for the elderly and as a technical translator from English, French and German into Swedish. Strong interest in nursing and translation.
Master paper in theoretical philosophy on ”Descartes’ Meditations as Spiritual Exercises” (in Swedish), applying Pierre Hadot’s interpretation of ancient philosophy as a way of life to Descartes’ ”Meditationes de Prima Philosophia”, thus reading ”the father of modern philosophy” as an heir to ancient philosophy.
Bachelor paper in aesthetics about the concept of play (Spiel) in Gadamer’s main work ”Wahrheit und Methode” (”Truth and Method”).
Currently working on a dissertation with the project title ”Critical Hermeneutical Mimesis”, starting out from the rehabilitation of the ancient concept of art as mimesis in the hermeneutic philosophies of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur with a view to develop, through a dialogical confrontation between Gadamer’s ontological hermeneutics of tradition and Ricoeur’s critical hermeneutics, a thematic concept of mimesis both hermeneutical and critical.
Research interests: mimesis, representation, hermeneutics, interpretation, translation, aesthetics, poetics, ontology, critique, Gadamer, Ricoeur, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hadot.
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