XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Is There Kantian Art Criticism?

Rachel Zuckert

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Locke
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 12 aprile 2010


Kant’s theory of taste might suggest that there cannot be any legitimate, useful art criticism, which guides others’ art appreciation: on the Kantian view, each of us must judge for him- or herself, autonomously, not follow the judgments of others; and no empirical concepts, or empirical knowledge, is supposed to be relevant for making a judgment of taste. Thus, it would seem, we should not follow others who have superior knowledge of art, because they have such knowledge. Despite these elements of Kant’s view, I argue that there is nonetheless a role for Kantian art critics: to serve as exemplary judges, “incorporating” empirical knowledge of art into their judgments of taste, communicating the richness and playfulness of aesthetic judging, and exemplifying the claims to universality of judgments of taste.