Kant on Fine Art, Genius and the Threat of Private Meaning

Aviv Reiter

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Wittgenstein's private language argument claims that language and meaning generally are public. It also contends with our appreciation of artworks and reveals the deep connection in our minds between originality and the temptation to think of original meaning as private. This problematic connection of ideas is found in Kant's theory of fine art. For Kant conceives of the capacity of artistic genius for imaginatively envisioning original content as prior to and independent of finding the artistic means of communicating this content to others. This raises the question of whether we can conceive of art as both original and meaningful without succumbing to privacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-323
Number of pages17
JournalKantian Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • fine art
  • genius
  • Kant
  • originality
  • privacy
  • spirit
  • taste
  • Wittgenstein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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