Cloth Weaving Cloth, Clay Shaping Clay: Toward a Religion of Beauty

Philosophia: International Journal of Philosophy (Philippine e-journal) 17 (2):208-224 (2016)
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Prompted by Heidegger’s search for great art in the modern times, this paper looks into crafts as answering the philosopher’s frustrated call. Using Soetsu Yanagi’s idea of a “religion of beauty,” which turns to the ordinary as beautiful, it suggests that crafts—carefully made by hand while considering its affinity with nature and the human body that uses it—is a way of being, the way Heidegger described the way of “dwelling poetically.”



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