Bowie's Aesthetics and Subjectivity : From Kant to Nietzsche (2nd PDF

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This new, thoroughly revised and re-written variation of Aesthetics and subjectivity brings brand new the unique book's account of the trail of German philosophy from Kant, through Fichte and Holderlin, the early Romantis, Schelling, Hegel, Schleimacher, to Nietzsche, in view of modern old study and modern arguments in philosophy and concept within the humanities.

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The former is the sensuous material of cognition which is subsumed under the categories and classified by concepts, and Kant sometimes prefers to term it ‘appearance’; the latter is the result of the relation of the object to the subject’s pleasure or displeasure. Taste itself ‘is not a mere [receptive] sensation but what arises from sensations which have been compared’ (Kant 1996 p. 100): it therefore involves judgement, the activity of the understanding. Now this might seem to make aesthetic judgement ‘merely subjective’ in the manner referred to by Gadamer in Truth and Method, where he talks of Kant’s ‘subjectification’ of aesthetics.

109). Kant therefore seems to suggest both that our most fundamental relationship to the world and each other is at the level of the immediate ‘feeling’ which is the basis of the postulate of a ‘common sense’, and that there is a purposive sense in our cognitive capacity which goes beyond its subsumption of intuitions under rules. Given that he also suggests that our representation of ourselves is ‘nothing more than the feeling of an existence without the least concept’, the role of the non-conceptual aspects of the subject in central parts of his philosophy becomes inescapable, and this is why the aesthetic becomes so significant.

220, A p. 217). Music represents feelings, in much the same way as language supposedly represents ideas or objects. ’ (ed. Strunk 1998 p. 699). However, Kant does not adopt this literalist conception in every respect. Music also communicates aesthetic ideas, but these are ‘not concepts and determinate thoughts’, though their purpose is solely to ‘express the aesthetic idea of a coherent whole’ (CJ. B p 220, A p. 217), the pleasure in which is generated by the mathematical proportions upon which the whole is based.

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