Immanuel kant aesthetics immanuel kant is an 18th century german philosopher whose work initated dramatic changes in the fields of epistemology metaphysics ethics aesthetics and teleology like many enlightenment thinkers he holds our mental faculty of reason in high esteem he believes that it is our reason that invests the world we experience with structure. Ginsborg 2011 uses kants aesthetic theory as the basis for a response to the skepticism about rules and meaning which kripke attributes to wittgenstein kants aesthetic theory has also been extensively discussed within literary theory where there has been particular emphasis on kants theory of the sublime. It was kant who ushered in romanticism by devising a theory of aesthetics that perfectly suited the times given that aesthetics is a branch of philosophy kant proceeded by putting art into his transcendental system. About kants aesthetic theory taste is ordinarily thought of in terms of two very different idioms a normative idiom of taste as a standard of appraisal and a non normative idiom of taste as a purely personal matter
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