Kant's aesthetic reading of aristotle's philia: Disinterestedness and the mood of the late enlightenment

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Abstract

This article roots Kant's concept of disinterestedness, as he uses it in the Critique of Judgment, in Aristotle's notion of philia by establishing a path from ethics to aesthetics and back. In this way, the third Critique turns out to be one of the main sources for a new ideal of humanity: the ideal suitable for late Enlightenment. This article argues that Kant reaches this fruitful use of disinterestedness by giving to Aristotle's concept of philia an aesthetic turn. © 2013. Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-68
JournalRevista de Filosofia
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Communication for social construction
  • Disinterestedness
  • Kant and aristotle
  • Late enlightenment
  • Philia
  • Virtues for democracy in the late 18th century

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