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By Dieter Henrich

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A set of 4 essays on aesthetic, moral, and political concerns by way of Dieter Henrich, the preeminent Kant pupil in Germany this day.

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On the other hand, formal analyses are indispensable in evaluating aesthetic qualities and artistic achievements. The well-known formalist theories of this century are really lacking a serviceable notion of form. Such a notion would have to distinguish mathematical and ontological form from aesthetic form. It would also have to avoid the theory of the formation of gestalts, which is too weak to explain what is distinctively aesthetic. Besides, the form of aesthetic objects exhibits tensions and contrasts that are encompassed or dissolved by a dynamics that is an essential aspect of the form as such.

Since it also deals with the relationship between understanding and imagination, one suspects from the outset that Kant, at least in part, will allude to this doctrine when he connects his aesthetics with the foundations of his epistemology. But once again caution is in order, for two reasons. In the first place, whatever the doctrine of the schematism amounts to in particular, it certainly employs the notion of the power of judgment in its determinative sense: concepts, that is to say the categories, are at our disposal; how they can be applied to particular instances of what is given in intuition is the question up for discussion.

Moreover, social systems inform our sense of personal identity as well. Nevertheless, we are not wholly determined by our environment. The course of life can lead through numerous, differing self-images that may conflict. Because we are confronted with differences in outlook that both relate to and limit each other, we find, when we work through these conflicts, that of necessity we appeal to a more general and encompassing world understanding than that afforded by any specific natural or social worldview.

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