Fanged Noumena, 145–174


Art as Insurrection

the Question of Aesthetics in Kant, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche

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Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment is the site where art irrupts into European philosophy with the force of trauma. The ferocious impetus of this irruption was only possible in an epoch attempting to rationalize itself as permanent metamorphosis, as growth. Which means that it is a trauma quite incommensurable with the sort of difficulties art has posed to western philosophy since Plato, for it is no longer a matter of irritation, but of catastrophe. Our own…