Beauty, Ugliness and the Free Play of Imagination - An Approach to Kant's Aesthetics

di Mojca Küplen
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Mojca Küplen Beauty, Ugliness and the Free Play of Imagination - An Approach to Kant's Aesthetics
Mojca Küplen - Beauty, Ugliness and the Free Play of Imagination - An Approach to Kant's Aesthetics

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This book presents a solution to the problem known in philosophical aesthetics as the paradox of ugliness, namely, how an object that is displeasing can retain our attention and be greatly appreciated. It does this by exploring and refining the most sophisticated and thoroughly worked out theoretical framework of philosophical aesthetics, Kant’s theory of taste, which was put forward in part one of the Critique of the Power of Judgment. The book explores the possibility of incorporating ugliness, a negative aesthetic concept, into the overall Kantian aesthetic picture. It addresses a debate of the last two decades over whether Kant's aesthetics should allow for a pure aesthetic judgment of ugliness. The book critically reviews the main interpretations of Kant’s central notion of the free play of imagination and understanding and offers a new interpretation of free play, one that allows for the possibility of a disharmonious state of mind and ugliness.

In addition, the book also applies an interpretation of ugliness in Kant’s aesthetics to resolve certain issues that have been raised in contemporary aesthetics, namely the possibility of appreciating artistic and natural ugliness and the role of disgust in artistic representation.

Offering a theoretical and practical analysis of different kinds of negative aesthetic experiences, this book will help readers acquire a better understanding of his or her own evaluative processes, which may be helpful in coping with complex aesthetic experiences. Readers will gain unique insight into how ugliness can be offensive, yet, at the same time, fascinating, interesting and captivating.


Mojca Küplen

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X, 152 p.
Chapter 1 Introduction.- Chapter 2 Judgments of Taste and Analysis of the Problem of Ugliness in Kant’s Aesthetics.- Chapter 3 The Concept of Freedom in the Play of Imagination and Understanding.- Chapter 4 A Positive Account of the Concept of Free Play.- Chapter 5 The Explanation of Ugliness in Kant’s Aesthetics.- Chapter 6 The Notion of Disgust in Comparison to Ugliness: A Kantian Perspective.- Bibliography.
Presents a solution to the paradox of ugliness, namely how an object that is displeasing can retain our attention and be greatly appreciated

Connects ugliness with Kant’s theory of aesthetic ideas and shows how ugliness can promote certain ideas that cannot otherwise be expressed

Offers readers and scholars of Kant’s theory of taste a novel understanding of Kant’s aesthetics and the notion of free harmony

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Springer International Publishing
Mojca Küplen is a research fellow at the Institute of Philosophy of the Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Science in Budapest, Hungary. She completed my doctorate in Philosophy in June 2013 at the Central European University in Budapest. Her research work has so far resulted in four publications. One paper, entitled ‘Disgust and Ugliness: a Kantian Perspective,’ was published in 'Contemporary Aesthetics'. Another paper, entitled ‘Guyer’s Interpretation of Free Harmony in Kant’ was published in Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics. Her conference paper on ‘Aesthetic of Ugliness: a Kantian Perspective’ has been published in the 'Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics'. Her recent paper, entitled ‘Kant and the Problem of Pure Judgments of Ugliness,’ was published in 'Kant Studies Online'. Her current research project is focused on the relation between aesthetic concepts and cognition. She has presented her work in various international conference presentations and invited lectures, most notably at the American Society of Aesthetics Eastern Division Meeting in Philadelphia, European Society for Aesthetics and British Society of Aesthetics Annual Conference in Cambridge.

"Küplen gives a fine-grained account of the difference between finding something ugly and finding it disgusting, claiming ... . There is a lot to learn from Küplen's account of the logic of disgust and its place in our cognitive and affective economy. Her study ... is a significant contribution to the interpretation of Kantian aesthetics, with a refreshing focus on contemporary culture." (Ian Ground, TLS The Times Literary Supplement,, June, 2016)

Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015
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15 ottobre 2016
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0.235 x 0.155 x 0.009 m; 0.254 kg
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