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Reflections on the Three Theses of Kant’s Aesthetics and their Systematic Implications: A New Reading of the Theses on Aesthetic Emotion, the Play of Faculties, and Communicability

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2024, 71(), pp.196-219
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.71.0.09
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : December 12, 2023
  • Accepted : January 13, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

Sun Kyu Ha 1

1홍익대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This paper selects three significant theses of Kantian aesthetics and attempts to reveal their systematic implications and theoretical relevance. The three theses are the uniqueness of aesthetic pleasure, the free play of active faculties, and universal communicability. I will clarify the theoretical significance and potential of these theses, paying particular attention to some passages from the Third Critique that have been neglected in existing studies of these arguments. The argument for the uniqueness of aesthetic pleasure unfolds by correcting the monism of pleasure and refuting hedonism. It also suggests the need for a new reflection on the anthropological status and meaning of pleasure. The next section, on the free play of faculties, shows how the unbridled imagination interacts with the intellect and reason to arrive at a unique idea when the subject forms a representation of the beautiful and sublime. The argument provides clues to unravel the unique meaning and role of “aesthetic freedom” as it is expressed on the aesthetic level. It also reminds us that the unconventional and boundary-breaking functions of intellect and reason in aesthetic experiences and artworks are important topics of aesthetic research. The argument of “universal communicability” refers to the generalizability of aesthetic representations, pleasures, and plays at the first level. However, at a deeper level, it is a meaningful argument that implies an “idea of common sense” and a “call for art criticism” that can be interpreted as a cultural and sociopolitical practice.

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