Session III: Lecture & Panel Discussion. Talking About Fakes: The War Between Aesthetic and Extra-Aesthetic Considerations

Gurstein, Rochelle
June 2003
Salmagundi;Summer/Fall2003, Issue 139/140, p152
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the war between aesthetic and extra-Aesthetic considerations. Artists and art lovers had thought and written about art but Enlightenment thinkers were the first to ponder the nature of beauty and taste, just as they were the first to speak of genius and originality in their modern sense. The very categories of aesthetic and extra-aesthetic that define contemporary quarrels about forgeries were introduced at that time and the most influential figure was aesthetician Immanuel Kant. His "Critique of Judgment" crystallized a century of thinking about aesthetics, going further than any of his predecessors in distinguishing taste from other faculties of mind such as cognition, logic, or morality.


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