XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Revolution in Kant’s Relation of Aesthetics to Morality: Regarding Negatively Free Beauty and Respecting Positively Free Will

James Garrison

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Verri
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


In what follows I make use of distinctions within Kant’s transcendental account of freedom as the basis for enacting a Copernican revolution in his aesthetic framework. I employ unutilized resources in Kant’s own theory, which indicate how art objects themselves exhibit a measure of freedom from the determinate laws of nature. Furthermore, I demonstrate that regard for this limited freedom allows the free play of ideas to take place in subjective imagination. This in turn shows how regarding the artwork’s spontaneity is akin to respecting the freedom of other rational agents. This line of argument helps rehabilitate Kantian aesthetics by using its vocabulary to account more fully for the art object while still retaining Kant’s own focus—the subject’s aesthetic experience.