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ERIC Number: EJ816598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Aesthetic Solidarity "after" Kant and Lyotard
Vandenabeele, Bart
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v42 n4 p17-30 Win 2008
One of the most complex issues in Kant's "Critique of Judgment" is the aesthetic judgment's claim to universal validity and shareability. Kant is not very clear about the exact status of this claim. Kant's distinction between the beautiful and the sublime only complicates the matter, since the universal shareability of the judgment of the sublime is based on the consciousness of our moral vocation and hence passes through the moral law. According to Jean-Francois Lyotard, Kant's analysis of the sublime feeling reveals a "differend." This "differend" cannot demand, even subjectively, to be shared by all. Thus, Kant's analysis of the judgment of the sublime would testify to a crisis of being-in-community and togetherness. This article argues, first, that the universality claim of aesthetic judgments can be interpreted as "pragmatic" and, second, that Lyotard's conclusion is too hasty: a more "plastic" conception of togetherness or (aesthetic) solidarity can be deduced from Kant's idea of the universal shareability of the judgment of the sublime--a conception lacking in Lyotard's characterization of togetherness. (Contains 40 notes.)
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Language: English
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