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Type: Journal article
Title: The classical trinity and Kant's Aesthetic formalism
Author: McMahon, J.
Citation: Critical Horizons, 2010; 11(3):419-441
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1440-9917
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Jenny McMahon
Abstract: I identify two mutually exclusive notions of formalism in Kant’s Critique of Aesthetic Judgement: a thin concept of aesthetic formalism and a thick concept of aesthetic formalism. Arguably there is textual support for both concepts in Kant’s third critique. I offer interpretations of three key elements in the Critique of Aesthetic Judgement which support a thick formalism. The three key elements are: Harmony of the Faculties, Aesthetic Ideas and Sensus Communis. I interpret these concepts in relation to the conditions for theoretical Reason, the conditions for moral motivation and the conditions for intersubjectivity, respectively. I conclude that there is no support for a thin concept of aesthetic formalism when the key elements of Kant’s Critique of Aesthetic Judgement are understood in the context of his broader critical aims.
Keywords: Kant’s aesthetic formalism
Harmony of the Faculties
Aesthetic Ideas
Sensus Communis
moral motivation
Rights: © Equinox Publishing Ltd 2011
DOI: 10.1558/crit.v11i3.419
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