By Karin A. Nisenbaum
A central aim of Zuidervaart’s Artistic Truth: Aesthetics, Discourse, and Imaginative Disclosure is to conceive truth as a “process of life-giving disclosure marked by fidelity to that which people hold in common and which holds them in common,” and to clarify the role art plays in “letting people sort out what the correlation of fidelity and life-giving disclosure requires” (AT, 110). Yet Zuidervaart also emphasizes the manner in which art can “hold claims and principles of validity open to that which calls and questions us through them” (AT, 111). In doing so, he invites readers to consider the religious and spiritual implications of his aesthetic theory. This paper explores some of those implications by bringing Zuidervaart’s Artistic Truth into conversation with Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption. More specifically, my aim is to highlight certain parallels between Zuidervaart’s understanding of artistic truth and Rosenzweig’s concept of revelation.