On Kant

Kant differs strongly from the other philosophers in stating that there is a universal standard for beauty, but that each individual’s judgment of artwork is subjective. This idea is complicated because it creates an ongoing relationship between the individual’s perception of the work and the community’s perception of the work in order to judge the art. Neither component can be missing if beauty is to be defined. What is deemed beautiful relies on the collective experiences of the community. However, does this not mean that the standards shift depending on the audience? What if a group of more highly educated people were placed beside ones of less education – would both come to the similar conclusion of artwork X as beauty? And if two groups with equal numbers of educated and uneducated were asked to judge artwork X, should they not come to the exact same conclusion?

–Jessica Chu


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