Natural Beauty, Fine Art and the Relation between Them

Aviv Reiter, Ido Geiger

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We defend three principal claims concerning natural beauty, artistic beauty and the relation between them. 1) Aesthetic pleasure in nature is typically and paradigmatically occasioned by the spatial form of natural kinds. 2) Breaking with a long-standing tradition, Kant claims that the presentation of such beautiful natural forms is not the end of the representational visual arts. Most art presents aesthetically the idea of humanity in our person. This is Kant's Copernican revolution in the philosophy of fine art. 3) Although the representation of nature is not a sufficient condition of beauty in the representational visual arts, it is nonetheless a necessary condition of it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-100
Number of pages29
Issue number1
StatePublished - 8 Mar 2018


  • Aesthetic Ideas
  • Aesthetic Means
  • Drawing
  • Fine Art
  • Humanity
  • Ideal Beauty
  • Ideas Of Reason
  • Kant
  • Natural Beauty
  • Normal Idea Of Species
  • Personality
  • Purposive Form

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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