XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Kant's Exemplary Art: A Philosophy of Art Beyond Rules

Mónica Herrera

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Diderot
Data: 22 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


The paragraphs on fine art in the "Critique of the Power of Judgment" of Immanuel Kant develop the main paradox about this issue, which deserves, as all his paradoxes, serious attention: the (un)necessity of rules. Contrary to the belief of most of nineteen century German philosophers, not to resolve it, but to locate and some outcomes about fundamental philosophical issues in which we are still involved. For its originality and paradoxical situation Kant’s approach demands attention.
In this paper, we are going to defend that the paradox between fine arts and taste can be seen through the concept of the “exemplarity”, and so, rethink Kant’s philosophy of art. This concept and the strategies linked to it could not be the core of Kant’s aesthetics, but we intend to argue that they allow us to think —or avoid thinking if we dismiss it— art and art critique even nowadays.