XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Kant's Categories of Ugliness

Alix Cohen

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Diderot
Data: 22 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010

Abstract

This paper argues that contrary to what has been suggested in the literature, Kant does have a notion of the ugly, and that he is at least committed to the twofold distinction between the beautiful and the non-aesthetic ugly. I will support this claim by showing that, not only are there different kinds of ugliness for Kant, but moreover, these different kinds can be classified under headings that correspond to the four categories of the beautiful. But as I will show, these are not in fact cases of aesthetic ugliness. In conclusion, I will attempt to carve a space for the aesthetically ugly on the basis of my account of non-aesthetic ugliness.