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Kant and the gaze

The first sentence of Kant’s Critique of Judgement (of section 1), in my reading, presents us with the flawed view of human beauty–without mentioning human beings there, and apparently Kant didn’t mean to either–that is threaded through contemporary culture: the view that requires one to treat the object of the gaze as if represented.

Gerwen, Rob van. 2001. “On Exemplary Art as the Symbol of Morality. Making Sense of Kant’s Ideal of Beauty.” In Kant und die Berliner Aufklärung. Akten des IX. Kant Kongresses, Volume 3, 553–62. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.

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