Shows how Kant wrote his Critique of Judgment as a synthesis of English theories of “taste” and civil society and German theories of “aesthetic.” Writers since Hobbes have used theories of art to advance theories of society. Kant sought a middle way between the intuitive immediacy of English “taste” and the rational legalism undergirding German theories of art, whereby “aesthetic” functioned as an “obscure” or “confused” sister of logic. Kant’s Critique of Judgment is therefore a crucial source for understanding the contradictions of modern liberalism.
PhD Dissertation. Brighton: University of Sussex, 1982.
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