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Kant on the beautiful and taste: Critique of Judgment

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Immanuel Kant's theory of aesthetics explores the concept of beauty as a universal, disinterested pleasure separate from personal preference. Aesthetic judgments are subjective yet universally applicable, originating from the subject's feelings. Kant emphasizes the need for a standard of taste to recognize beauty, highlighting the idea of Common Sense consensus in labeling artwork as beautiful. Beauty exists in the subject's perception, challenging the notion of objective beauty in art.

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Kant's theory of aesthetics emphasizes the concept of beauty and its universal nature.
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Beauty is distinguished from personal preference through disinterested pleasure or aversion.
Aesthetic judgments are subjective but universally applicable as they originate from the subject's feelings.
Kant warns against interpreting subjective judgments as purely relative, highlighting their inherent universality.
Beauty, according to Kant, exists in the subject's perception rather than being an objective quality in artwork.
Kant's concept of beauty as separate from concepts.
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Aesthetic satisfaction derived from pure contemplation, not desire or interest in an object's real existence.
Three different relations between representations and feelings of pleasure: the agreeable, the beautiful, and the good.
The beautiful lies between the agreeable and the good, pleasing both senses and reason.
Aesthetic judgments are subjective and grounded in the feeling of pleasure or displeasure, requiring a disinterested perspective for true appreciation.
Immanuel Kant on the concept of beauty and the agreeable.
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Kant argues that beauty is not based on utility but on disinterested pleasure.
He discusses the feeling of pleasure in the beautiful, involving a free play between imagination and understanding.
Kant explores the idea of universality in beautiful works of art, suggesting they have universal communicability.
He distinguishes beauty from charm, noting that beauty possesses purposiveness without a specific external or internal purpose.
Kant's concept of universality in judging artwork and the need for a standard of taste.
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Kant emphasizes the importance of everyone feeling pleasure or giving approval to an object to recognize beauty.
The standard of taste should guide individuals to recognize beauty universally, similar to Hume's influence.
Kant's idea of a Common Sense consensus requires exemplars of beauty to establish a standard of taste in labeling a work of art as beautiful.