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Kant's Concept of Genius: Its Origin and Function in the Third Critique

Book Title

Kant's Concept of Genius: Its Origin and Function in the Third Critique

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Publication Date

5-4-2010

Series Title

Continuum Studies in Philosophy

Edition

1

Publisher

Continuum

Place of Publication

London, UK

Keywords

Philosophy, Kant

Subject

Kant, Emmanuel (1724-1804), Genius

Disciplines

Philosophy

Description

While many studies have chronicled the Romantic legacy of artistic genius, this book uncovers the roots of the concept of genius in Kant's third Critique, alongside the development of his understanding of nature. Paul Bruno addresses a genuine gap in the existing scholarship by exploring the origins of Kant's thought on aesthetic judgment and particularly the artist. The development of the word ‘genius' and its intimate association with the artist played itself out in a rich cultural context, a context that is inescapably significant in Western thought. Bruno shows how in many ways we are still interrogating the ways in which a nature governed by physical laws can be reconciled with a spirit of human creativity and freedom. This book leads us to a better understanding of the centrality of understanding the modern artistic enterprise, characterized as it is by creativity, for modern conceptions of the self.

ISBN

FBC104

Document Type

Article

Kant's Concept of Genius: Its Origin and Function in the Third Critique

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