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The Universality and Justification of Taste<sup>1</sup>

Paul Crowther

in The Kantian Aesthetic

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579976
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579976.003.0005
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For Kant, the judgement of taste (i.e. pure aesthetic judgement considered under the conditions of its justification) can claim validity beyond mere personal preference. However, since it is not grounded in ‘definite’ concepts the validity in question cannot be given a strictly objective justification. The basis of universality and validity is to be sought, rather, in its embodiment of subjective conditions that enable knowledge formation. Kant's proofs of this converge on the relation between imagination and understanding, and on issues bound up with beauty as a symbol of morality. His arguments are scrutinized and weaknesses identified. This chapter offers a revised version of Kant's approach, using a neglected factor in his account of moral life; namely, cultivation based on comparative criteria.

Keywords: judgement of taste; universality; harmony; beauty; symbol of morality; cultivation

Chapter.  10885 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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