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Aesthetic in Kant : Continuum Studies in Philosophy (Hardcover) - James Kirwan

Aesthetic in Kant

Continuum Studies in Philosophy (Hardcover)

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Published: 22nd February 2006
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"A very serious undertaking by a scholar who has an excellent knowledge of Kant's philosophy. Kant's aesthetics is a hot topic right now, so this book will be of considerable interest to those in the field." - Donald Crawford, University of Southern California at Santa Barbara. "An alternative account of aesthetic judgment which is rich, interesting and provocative. This is a book which will certainly provoke engagement and debate." - Rachel Jones, Dundee University. Kant's "Critique of Judgment" is widely considered to be the seminal work of modern aesthetics. In recent years it has been the focus of intense interest and debate not only in philosophy but also in literary theory and other disciplines in which the nature of the aesthetic is an issue. "The Aesthetic in Kant" offers a new reading of Kant's problematic text, drawing on the great volume of recent philosophical work on the text and on the context of eighteenth century aesthetics. Kant's text is used as a basis on which to construct a radical alternative solution to the antinomy of taste, the basic problem of the aesthetic. Immanent in Kant's account is a theory of the aesthetic that, far from establishing its 'disinterested' nature, instead makes it symptomatic of what Kant himself describes as the ineradicable human tendency to entertain 'fantastic desires'.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Description of Taste I: Immediacy and Necessityp. 12
The subjectivity of the judgement of tastep. 13
The claim to universalityp. 15
Beauty as aesthetic meritp. 19
The appearance of universalityp. 22
The Description of Taste II: The Role of Conceptsp. 29
Free and dependent beautyp. 30
The aesthetic ideap. 33
The standard of tastep. 38
The freedom of free beautyp. 41
Conclusionp. 46
The Grounds of Tastep. 51
The Sublimep. 59
The form and feeling of the sublimep. 59
The grounds of the sublimep. 62
The distinction between the sublime and the beautifulp. 66
The sublime as dependent beautyp. 68
Reason and Morality in the Sublimep. 76
Reason in the sublimep. 76
The moral law and its sublimityp. 79
The occasion for subreptionp. 86
The Anatomy of an Aesthetic Ideap. 90
The 'true' and 'false' sublimep. 93
Self-love in the sublimep. 95
The aesthetic idea in the sublimep. 99
Conclusionp. 103
Fantastic Desires I: Dependent Beautyp. 107
Illustration of the aesthetic ideap. 109
Poetry and rhetoricp. 118
Fantastic Desires II: Free Beautyp. 123
The mistakep. 124
Kant's treatment of the mistakep. 129
The determination of free beautyp. 134
Conclusionp. 143
Notesp. 155
Referencesp. 191
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ISBN: 9780826471987
ISBN-10: 0826471986
Series: Continuum Studies in Philosophy (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 22nd February 2006
Publisher: CONTINUUM
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 15.55  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1