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By Dr Colin Lyas

ISBN-10: 0203136829

ISBN-13: 9780203136829

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This is deeply obscure. There are similarities between the aesthetic and the morally good as Kant perceives them. Attention to the aesthetic is disinterested, as we expect moral action to be. The aesthetic celebrates freedom, a prerequisite for moral action. But these parallels do not necessarily bring communal moral concerns into the realm of art. 32 ABOUT KANT About Kant I think that Kant’s aesthetic ought to be attempted by anyone who seriously wishes to be a philosophical aesthetician, and his philosophy by anyone who wants to be a serious philosopher.

One reason is that we want it. That binds an interest in real existence to something that is not disinterested but partial. We could not wish to possess the picture-face in this way (although we could wish to possess the original picture in which that face first made its appearance). Another reason is that we have hopes and fears that would be affected by real existence. These too are partial. Alternatively we can ask why one might think ignoring real existence to be aesthetically relevant. One answer is, having abdicated interest in real existences, we can only attend to the picture-object.

However, he did not leave the matter there. He also asked why disinterested experiences are so important to us. This suggests that a reason for enquiring into the defining qualities of aesthetic experience is that an answer might also solve the fundamental question of why art and nature can have such power over us. We can find another good reason for seeking defining features of the aesthetic by following up the striking fact that we can use a word perfectly well and yet fall into confusion and error when asked to say what we are doing in using it.

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