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Art and Ethics in a Material World : Kant's Pragmatist Legacy - Jennifer A. McMahon

Art and Ethics in a Material World

Kant's Pragmatist Legacy

Hardcover Published: 8th August 2013
ISBN: 9780415504522
Number Of Pages: 234

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In this book, McMahon argues that a reading of Kant's body of work in the light of a pragmatist theory of meaning and language (which arguably is a Kantian legacy) leads one to put community reception ahead of individual reception in the order of aesthetic relations. A core premise of the book is that neo-pragmatism draws attention to an otherwise overlooked aspect of Kant's "Critique of Aesthetic Judgment," and this is the conception of community which it sets forth.

While offering an interpretation of Kant's aesthetic theory, the book focuses on the implications of Kant's third critique for contemporary art. McMahon draws upon Kant and his legacy in pragmatist theories of meaning and language to argue that aesthetic judgment is a version of moral judgment: a way to cultivate attitudes conducive to community, which plays a pivotal role in the evolution of language, meaning, and knowledge.

1. Introduction: The Ethical Dimension of Art 2. Perceiving Intention in Order 3. Finding Fault with Feeling 4. Reasoning Our Way to Pleasure 5. Talking Morals 6. Imagining Freedom 7. Cultivating Genius 8. Meaning and Morals: A Post-Kantian Conception of Art and Community

ISBN: 9780415504522
ISBN-10: 041550452X
Series: Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 8th August 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1

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