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Single Idea 20409

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / A. Aesthetic Experience / 3. Taste]

Full Idea

It is ridiculous if someone justifies his tast by saying 'this object is beautiful for me'. . .If he pronounces that something is beautiful, then he expects the very same satisfaction of others: he judges not merely for himself, but for everyone.

Gist of Idea

When we judge beauty, it isn't just personal; we judge on behalf of everybody


Immanuel Kant (Critique of Judgement I: Aesthetic [1790], CUP 7 5:213), quoted by Elizabeth Schellekens - Immanuel Kant (aesthetics) 1

A Reaction

For Kant this would also be the hallmark of rationality - that we expect, or hope for, a consensus when we express a rational judgement. But this expectation is far less in cases of beauty. We do not expect total agreement from very tasteful people.

Book Reference

'Key Thinkers in Aesthetics', ed/tr. Giovannelli,Alessandro [Continuum 2012], p.63

Related Idea

Idea 20408 With respect to the senses, taste is an entirely personal matter [Kant]