Opening Reason to Transcendence: A Philosophical Grounding of Architecture
Holst, Jonas. Opening Reason to Transcendence: A Philosophical Grounding of Architecture. 2017
The purpose of the present work is to ground architecture in a philosophical outlook which opens human beings to transcendence. Such an outlook is already present in the earliest tectonic tradition of architecture, the origins of which will be unearthed in the work. A broader philosophical investigation, which draws on anthropological, epistemological, ethical and theological traditions, is needed in order to articulate the meanings of transcendence and return to the source of scientiﬁc rationality by beginning to explore a new the open ended search for wisdom and truth which is at the origins of human knowledge. The book is divided into four chapters. The ﬁrst chapter, Rethinking Philosophical Anthropology in Dialogue with Architecture is built upon "Rethinking Dwelling and Building. On Martin Heidegger's Conception of Being as Dwelling and Jørn Utzon's architecture of Well-being”. The second chapter, The Art and Epistemology of Tectonics is based on the author´s most recent paper “The Fall of the Tekton and the Rise of the Architect: On the Greek Origins of Architectural Craftsmanship" which was published in Architectural Histories on March 23, 2017. ln this chapter the author also relies on a more technical study "Recovering a broader understanding of tectonics. The case for the architectural potentials of sheet metal", carried out in close collaboration with Danish architect Ole Egholm Jackson. The third chapter, Ethical Aspects and lmplications of Architecture revolves around topics which the author has touched on in most of his publications, e.g. Emmanuel Lévinas' ethical thinking. Finally, the fourth chapter, At the Limits of Architecture: Meaning and Transcendence draws on another recent study of the author, "Does life make sense in a human perspective?"