How Can Works of Fine Art “Make Sensible Rational Ideas”?

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A central and often-rehearsed claim of Kant’s theory of fine art is that artworks
are aesthetic or sensible presentations of ideas of reason. This very familiar claim
poses, however, a serious and rarely acknowledged problem: Ideas of reason are
characterized as products of reason’s desire for absolute completeness under a
single concept and consequently as possessing such interconnected conceptual
abundance that they cannot be presented in intuition or represented in concreto.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Court of Reason
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Kant Congress
EditorsBeatrix Himmelmann, Camilla Serck-Hanssen
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783110701357
ISBN (Print)9783110700701
StatePublished - 8 Nov 2021


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