The Violence of Aesthetics and the Comedy of Murder

Josephine Mcdonagh

in De Quincey's Disciplines

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112853
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670862 | DOI:
The Violence of Aesthetics and the Comedy of Murder

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Since language may also be utilized as a socializing and civilizing force, representations in general are to be perceived as ideological forces that aim to stabilize several different aspects within the social order. As De Quincey recognized that the English language could be used to enforce power over people, he took into consideration that self-empowerment may be achieved and lost through various acts of self-representation and expression. One of the major aspects of this representation, as pointed out by Kant, involves aesthetics and differentiating ethics from cognition. However, a critique arises that demonstrates how the unity in Kant's transcendental system may not be achieved. In this chapter, we realize that several of De Quincey's writings may be recognized as a response to the subjectivity problems in Kant's system.

Keywords: representation; expression; cognition; ethics; aesthetics; Kant; transcendental system

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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