Kant and the Experience of Freedom: Essays on Aesthetics and Morality

Cambridge University Press (1993)
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This collection of essays by one of the preeminent Kant scholars of our time transforms our understanding of both Kant's aesthetics and his ethics. Guyer shows that at the very core of Kant's aesthetic theory, disinterestedness of taste becomes an experience of freedom and thus an essential accompaniment to morality itself. At the same time he reveals how Kant's moral theory includes a distinctive place for the cultivation of both general moral sentiments and particular attachments on the basis of the most rigorous principle of duty. Kant's thought is placed in a rich historical context including such figures as Shaftesbury, Hutcheson, Hume, Burke, Kames, as well as Baumgarten, Mendelssohn, Schiller, and Hegel. Other topics treated are the sublime, natural versus artistic beauty, genius and art history, and duty and inclination. These essays (half being published for the first time) extend and enrich the account of Kant's aesthetics in the author's earlier book, Kant and the Claims of Taste (1979).
Keywords Aesthetics  Ethics  Free will and determinism
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Call number B2799.A4.G86 1993
ISBN(s) 0521568331   9780521568333  
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Paul Guyer (2011). Gerard and Kant: Influence and Opposition. Journal of Scottish Philosophy 9 (1):59-93.

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