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A Democratic Theory of Judgment$
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Linda M. G. Zerilli

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226397849

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226398037.001.0001

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Judging at the “End of Reasons”: Rethinking the Aesthetic Turn

Judging at the “End of Reasons”: Rethinking the Aesthetic Turn

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A Democratic Theory of Judgment
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Linda M. G. Zerilli

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226398037.003.0002

Examines the aesthetic turn in contemporary democratic theory as it bears on the question of judgment. Hume's argument in "Of the Standard of Taste" is examined with an eye to the limitations of a noncognitivist conception of judging value. Kant's response to Hume in Critique of Judgment is then explored as posing a radical but ultimately unsatisfying alternative to Hume's projectivist metaphysic. Developing the theme of affective response as it emerges from the work of Hume and Kant, the chapter then turn to Wittgenstein's reflections on aesthetics. Less encumbered by the thought that aesthetic response cannot be rule-governed than were Hume or Kant, Wittgenstein examines the role of context and the plurality of language games which involve our affective natures.

Keywords:   Of the Standard of Taste, Critique of Judgment, Wittgenstein's Aesthetics, the aesthetic turn in political thought

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