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Cognitive Interpretation of Kant’s Theory of Aesthetic Ideas

http://aesthetics.ff.cuni.cz/archive/525/cognitive-interpretation-of-kants-theory-of-aesthetic-ideas

 

The aim of my paper is to argue that Kant’s aesthetic ideas can help us to overcome cognitive limitations that we often experience in our attempts to articulate the meaning of abstract concepts. I claim that aesthetic ideas, as expressed in works of art, have a cognitive dimension in that they reveal the introspective, emotional, and affective aspects that appear to be central to the content of abstract phenomena.