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Title: Kant's philosophy of the aesthetic and the philosophy of praxis
Authors: Wayne, M
Keywords: Aesthetic;Ideology;Reflective judgment;Praxis;Purposive
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture and Society, 24(3), 386 - 402, 2012
Abstract: This essay seeks to reconstruct the terms for a more productive engagement with Kant than is typical within contemporary academic cultural Marxism, which sees him as the cornerstone of a bourgeois model of the aesthetic. The essay argues that, in the Critique of Judgment, the aesthetic stands in as a substitute for the missing realm of human praxis. This argument is developed in relation to Kant's concept of reflective judgment that is in turn related to a methodological shift toward inductive and analogical procedures that help Kant overcome the dualisms of the first two Critiques. This reassessment of Kant's aesthetic is further clarified by comparing it with and offering a critique of Terry Eagleton's assessment of the Kantian aesthetic as synonymous with ideology.
Description: This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published article is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2012 Association for Economic and Social Analysis.
ISSN: 0893-5696
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