XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Art and Sociality in Kant

Fred Rush

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Locke
Data: 24 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


"Art and Sociality in Kant"
A standard way of understanding the development of post-Kantian German philosophy is in terms of an increasing role of art in general accounts of the rationally binding nature of society: art is a form of sociality expressive of basic features of human rationality. This essay attempts to locate Kant relative to this tradition. I discuss how much of this idea is present in Kant. This requires an analysis of the fine-grained relation that exists between empirical particularity and judgmental autonomy at the heart of the third Critique. I argue that the idea of the sociality of art is only present in Kant in an incomplete form. Kant’s conception of aesthetic rationality is hamstrung by his emphasis on aesthetic judgment. Later idealism rejects this in favor of a view with the concept of interpretation at it center and this allows for a more forceful sense in which art is a form of sociality.