From Individuality to Universality: the Role of Aesthetic Education in Kant

Anton Kabeshkin


In this paper I make a reconstruction of Kant?s idea of aesthetic education and show the peculiarity of this idea in comparison with more familiar projects of Schiller and the German Romantics. In the first section I briefly outline those features of Kant?s ethics which are relevant for this problem, namely its universalistic character. In the second section I show how aesthetic experience, according to Kant, could help to make an individual less sensitive to the demands of particular interests and motives. In particular, I discuss the roles of the beautiful and of the sublime. In the conclusion I briefly compare Kant?s idea of aesthetic education with Schiller?s idea of the same.


Kant; Aesthetic Education; Ethics; Schiller

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