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November 07, 2022

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Rob van Gerwen
Kant's Regulative Principle of Aesthetic Discourse: The Ideal Aesthetic Experience.


By either dismissing aesthetic experience on account of its non-specificity, or attempting an unattainable empirical identification, analytic philosophers failed to distinguish between actual experiences and the use to which we put them in grounding our aesthetic judgements. Kant is known to account for the legitimation of aesthetic discourse with a 'free play of the cognitive faculties'. This awareness of the subjective finality regarding our determinations of the object plays an ambiguous role, and is decisive only if it is not taken as actual but as an ideal­which functions regulatively for the aesthetic application of the faculty of judgement.

The investigations were supported by the Foundation for Philosophical Research (SWON), which is subsidized by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

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