Æstetisk offentlighed – æstetik og politik i Kants Kritik af dømmekraften

Christian Emil Kjerrman, Eskil Juul Elling, Martin Arndal, Kasper Milius Brandt & Tue Juncker-Løndal

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is centered on the theoretical assumptions about taste proposed in the Critique of Judgement by Immanuel Kant. This discussion is, however, not primarily centered around a strict Kant-exegesis; rather, the focus of this examination is the political implications of the first part, dealing mainly with judgements of taste and their relation to the somewhat diffuse Kantian term sensus communis as well as this particular type of judgement’s relation to morality. This term is understood as a common denominator of the judgement of taste, and indeed as a common feature of humankind as a whole. This is the foundation of the political reading of the third Critique as proposed by Hannah Arendt in Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy. In this work, Arendt lays down the groundwork for what could be termed her own theory of judgement, however, it is not this theory which is the focus of the present discussion, but rather the specifically Kantian terms and ideas that are which are further developed in Arendt’s theory. Through a discussion of the implications of Arendt’s reading, as well as a “reading back” into Kant of the specifically political features of the judgement of taste, it is concluded that Arendt’s stress on publicness as the foundation of Kant’s implicit political philosophy can be compared to his idea of beauty as a symbol of morality so as to indicate a sort of “aesthetic public sphere”. This constitutes a realm of debate about the manner of representing moral ideals where, among other things, questions of power might become relevant, until such time as a universal taste is developed.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato24 jun. 2014
VejledereEsther Oluffa Pedersen


  • aesthetics
  • Kant