What Beauty Can Tell Us about Knowledge: A Kantian Perspective
Berkeley-Lecture im Rahmen der Forschungskooperation zwischen der UC Berkeley und der LMU.
The philosophical study of aesthetics is often thought of as secondary to other, apparently more serious, philosophical concerns about knowledge and agency. In his Critique of Judgment, however, Kant suggests that the study of aesthetic judgment has an important role to play in making sense of the human capacity for knowledge. In her talk, Hannah Ginsborg develops Kant’s line of thought in a way which relates it to a problem raised by Wittgenstein about the possibility of meaning and rule-following. She suggests that Kant raised a closely related problem about the possibility of acquiring concepts on the basis of experience. Drawing on ideas from Kant’s aesthetics, she argues that reflection on our capacity to appreciate beauty can help us solve that problem, and so help explain how human knowledge is possible.
Hannah Ginsborg ist Professorin für Philosophie an der University of California in Berkeley. Derzeit hält sie sich als Gastprofessorin an der LMU auf.