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Art Outside the Art World

Kant’s general account of mental activity leads in two directions. He is interested in how our mental activity contributes to our ways of understanding the external world. And he is concerned with how the nature of reasoning about art, knowledge and morality reveals the character of our mind. In the case of aesthetic judgment, this […]

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For a Kantian Critique of Modernism

Why is Kant’s Critique of the Power of Judgment still, strangely enough, relevant to our present day daunting art world? A. The aesthetic judgment is entirely subjective In the history of the theory of beauty (aesthetics) from the antiquity to the classical/post-Renaissance era, the idea of beauty was always based on ideals of harmony, and […]

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Camille Pissarro and Vincent Van Gogh: When did Impressionism become Post-Impressionism?

When did Post-Impressionism begin? In theory, Post-Impressionism (coming right after Impressionism) should have begun when Impressionism ended. Since impressionism ended in 1886, Post-Impressionism ought to have started right there and then. It is not so simple: if you were a Parisian or an American traveling in France in 1886, or in fact throughout the 1890s, […]

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