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This new, thoroughly revised and re-written variation of Aesthetics and subjectivity brings modern the unique book's account of the trail of German philosophy from Kant, through Fichte and Holderlin, the early Romantis, Schelling, Hegel, Schleimacher, to Nietzsche, in view of modern old examine and modern arguments in philosophy and conception within the humanities.

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57) In this perspective the very nature of language qua representational means of communication excludes it from being able to get in touch with the particularity of subjective existence grounded in ‘feeling’. Even though feeling is nonconceptual it is, however, clearly not randomly subjective, because, as Schlegel suggests, the means via which it is grasped has claims to general validity: hence the idea that music is ‘philosophical language’. The assertion that something is music rather than noise requires a judgement of taste.

The problem of judgement underlying the notion of the schema, which Kant addresses in the CJ in the account of the second kind of judgement, ‘reflective judgement’, will turn out to be one of the most durable in modern philosophy (see Bowie 1997). As we saw with regard to the understanding’s relation to reason, no amount of applying determining judgement to nature will demonstrate that the multiplicity to which it applies has any kind of ultimate unity. The establishing of natural laws cannot in any way guarantee a systematic relationship between such laws, because that would require a higher principle which demonstrated that they fitted together.

Taste itself ‘is not a mere [receptive] sensation but what arises from sensations which have been compared’ (Kant 1996 p. 100): it therefore involves judgement, the activity of the understanding. Now this might seem to make aesthetic judgement ‘merely subjective’ in the manner referred to by Gadamer in Truth and Method, where he talks of Kant’s ‘subjectification’ of aesthetics. However, Kant’s argument cannot be seen in this manner, not least because he 30 Aesthetics and subjectivity will come to regard the role of feeling as ineliminable even from the theory of knowledge.

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