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The Kantian Sublime Revisited

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/9780199579976.003.0008
The Kantian Sublime Revisited

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This chapter rectifies shortcomings in the author's previous sustained treatment of this subject in his book The Kantian Sublime: From Morality to Art. The structure of Kant's account of the mathematical sublime is analyzed, suggesting that the role played by infinity should be regarded as contingent rather than necessary, and that an austere reconstruction of his theory is to be preferred over Kant's own rather baroque account. A similar exposition is performed in relation to Kant's account of the dynamical sublime. In revising Kant's theory, special attention is paid to the hitherto neglected question of the specific perceptual cues that trigger experiences of both varieties of the sublime. The theory is also extended to cover artworks, including some of an avant-garde nature.

Keywords: The Kantian Sublime; mathematical sublime; infinity; dynamical sublime; perceptual cues; artworks; avant-garde

Chapter.  11403 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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