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Means without end: Production, reception and teaching in Kant's aesthetics

Peters, G J


G J Peters


Peters, G. J. (2004). Means without end: Production, reception and teaching in Kant's aesthetics. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 38(1), 35-52

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Journal Journal of Aesthetic Education
Print ISSN 0021-8510
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 1
Pages 35-52
Keywords production, reception, teaching, Kant's aesthetics
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Additional Information Additional Information : Refereed journal paper. This paper makes a contribution to longstanding debates about the nature of aesthetic education both as a pedagogical issue and as a cultural ideal that can be traced back to Schiller's appropriation of Kant's aesthetics. It emerges out of a close reading of Kant's Critique of Judgement considered from the perspective of the author's engagement in creative production. The argument is grounded in its reading of Kant as a production rather than a reception aesthetics, as is the norm. This shifts attention away from how an artwork is read, to how it is made. The question then arises, how is it possible to teach others to produce or create? Unlike other commentaries on the subject, Kant's claim that there is no method, only a 'manner' of teaching aesthetic judgement is here taken seriously and brought to bear critically on the existing paradigm of tutor/student relations within art education.

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