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Force: A Fundamental Concept of Aesthetic Anthropology

Christoph Menke


This book reconceives modern aesthetics by reconstructing its genesis in the 18th century, between Baumgarten's Aesthetics and Kant's Critique of Judgment. Force demonstrates that aesthetics, and hence modern philosophy, began twice. On the one hand, Baumgarten's Aesthetics is organized around the new concept of the “subject”: as a totality of faculties; an agent defined by capabilities; one who is able. Yet an aesthetics in the Baumgartian manner, as the theory of the sensible faculties of the subject, at once faces a different aesthetics: the aesthetics of force. The latter conceives the aes ... More

Keywords: Aesthetics, Anthropology, Kant, Baumgarten, subject, aesthetics of force, modernity, philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823249725
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823249725.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christoph Menke, author
Goethe-University, Frankfurt-am-Main