AESTHETICS CL (Fundamentals of Philosophy) by Dr Colin Lyas

By Dr Colin Lyas

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One is that it seems possible to become emotionally involved with fiction. But nothing in talk about the distance necessary to fiction tells us how we can become emotionally involved with things that don’t exist. If, having distanced myself, I simply know that no-one is really leaving anyone at the end of Casablanca, how can I be moved to real tears, any more than I can stay angry with you if I find that you didn’t, contrary to my belief, really insult me behind my back. My final objection to the notion of distance is to the noxious effects on our dealings with art and the aesthetic, of the connotations that the term ingloriously trails.

How does this connect with the examples we gave of being disinterested? Why might we be interested in the real existence of something, say a Ferrari? One reason is that we want it. That binds an interest in real existence to something that is not disinterested but partial. We could not wish to possess the picture-face in this way (although we could wish to possess the original picture in which that face first made its appearance). Another reason is that we have hopes and fears that would be affected by real existence.

But I can also be intensely moved by that picture-face without worrying about whether it had any real counterpart. And that is one of the things that may suggest to Kant that an interest in the aesthetic is “disinterested”, meaning not interested in the real existence of the object contemplated (which is entirely compatible with being deeply moved by that pictured face). Thirdly, an example of a personal judgement is “I like it”. Here one expresses one’s purely private personal interest. But for Kant the example of an aesthetic judgement would be “this is beautiful”.

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