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Gadamer I 119
Mimesis/imitation/Aristotle/Gadamer: By imitating, the little child begins to play by confirming what he or she knows and thereby confirming him- or herself. Even the children's joy of disguise, to which Aristotle already refers, does not want to be a concealment, a pretence in order to be exposed and recognized behind it, but on the contrary a representation in such a way that only what is represented "is". The child does not want to be exposed behind its disguise at all costs. What it represents should be, and if something is to be guessed, then it is just that. It should be recognized what "is".(1)


1. Aristoteles. Poet. 4, insbes. 1448 b 16.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977


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