XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Kant and the Practical Implications of Genius

Stefan Bird-Pollan

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: Auditorium
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


Basing myself on Kant’s theory of reflective judgment and aesthetic judgment of beauty, I make some suggestions about how reflective judgment might be used to produce political change. I argue that by rearranging the materials of the world, the artistic genius actually alters the empirical concepts of the understanding. While beauty does not provide us with a concept, the artwork provides us with a different composition of the conceptual schema, drawing attention to certain features of reality which we have not noticed before and which can become part of our understanding. I argue that this refiguring also has implications for the moral sphere, since maxims are necessarily formulated in terms of our empirical understanding of the world. Thus the artwork might draw our attention to certain features of the world which have hitherto been neglected as domains of the moral. I link this to Kant’s conception of the enlightenment.