Kant on Form, Function and Decoration

Ido Geiger, Aviv Reiter

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Kant says little explicitly about the beauty of functional objects. We argue though that his Critique of Aesthetic Judgment contains both the conceptual resources to illuminate the category as well as interesting examples of such artifacts. Succinctly, the beauty of functional objects is a type of dependent or adherent beauty. Pleasure in these objects is dependent on the concept of the end they are designed to serve. In a beautiful functional object the excellence of its design is visible or perceivable and it is through reflection upon what is perceived that we are led to recognize
the excellence of the object.
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationProceedings of the European Society of Aesthetics 7
EditorsFabian Dorsch , Dan-Eugen Ratiu
PublisherEuropean Society for Aesthetics
StatePublished - 2015


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