XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Kant and the Problem of Ugliness

Mary Stephan Troxell

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Verri
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


In the Critique of Judgment, Kant gives a thorough explication of judgments of the beautiful. However, he fails to provide an analysis of ugliness. This omission has given some scholars license to conclude that Kant’s notion of aesthetic judgments precludes an aesthetic conception of the ugly. In my paper, I will begin with an exegesis of judgments of the beautiful in order to shed light on negative judgments of taste. In the second portion of this paper, I will explore the possibility of negative judgments of taste in light of A.W. Moore’s argument that Kant’s aesthetics precludes such judgments. After demonstrating that Kant’s account allows for the possibility of judgments of the ugly, I will examine what would constitute such a judgment.