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Kant on Natural Beauty

Malcolm Budd

in The Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259656
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597121 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259658.003.0001
Kant on Natural Beauty

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Outlines Immanuel Kant's conception of an aesthetic judgement and his classification of aesthetic judgements, and then expounds and examines Kant's various claims about aesthetic judgements of natural beauty (both free and dependent or adherent). Kant's problematic identification of the distinctive pleasure of the beautiful is rejected; obscurities in his notion of a judgement of dependent (adherent) beauty are identified; his classification of aesthetic judgements is deemed incomplete; and his claim that there is an ideal of human beauty is shown to be unconvincing. Explains what Kant means by pleasure in the beautiful not being an interest (i.e. being a disinterested pleasure) and shows that Kant is right to characterize it as being disinterested.

Keywords: adherent beauty; aesthetic judgement; dependent beauty; disinterested pleasure; free beauty; Kant

Chapter.  10947 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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