Without Criteria

  • Steven Shaviro
  • Published 2004


2. Beauty, Kant says, is not cognitive, not conceptual. There is no objective or scientific way to determine whether an object is beautiful, and – if it is – to explain why. This is because of the strange status of aesthetic judgment. I may judge a flower to be beautiful, yet I know that “beauty is not a property of the flower itself”; the flower is beautiful “only by virtue of that characteristic in which it adapts itself to the way we apprehend it” (145). So beauty is not objectively there, in the world. It is not in nature; it is something we attribute to nature.

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@inproceedings{Shaviro2004WithoutC, title={Without Criteria}, author={Steven Shaviro}, year={2004} }