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Art and Truth after Plato$
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Tom Rockmore

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226040028

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226040165.001.0001

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Kant and German Idealist Aesthetics

Kant and German Idealist Aesthetics

(p.105) Chapter Four Kant and German Idealist Aesthetics
Art and Truth after Plato

Tom Rockmore

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses Kant’s continuing influence on the aesthetic debate as well as his decisive role in its modern discussion. Kant, who claims to begin philosophy worthy of the name during his so-called critical period in his critical philosophy, is sometimes thought of as the founder of Western aesthetics. It is perhaps more accurate to say that he did not invent but deeply influenced both theory of knowledge and aesthetics. In treating the questions of aesthetics with the same rigor and the same tools as other themes, Kant erased any distinction between aesthetics and the other facets of critical philosophy, and hence erased any distinction between aesthetics and philosophy in general. Kant, who is deeply influential on the entire later modern debate, is especially influential on later aesthetics, which often can be depicted as a series of reactions to his aesthetic theories.

Keywords:   aesthetic debate, Kant, critical philosophy, western aesthetics, theory of knowledge, aesthetic theories

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