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Nature and art: towards a 'Transhuman' aesthetics

Nature and art: towards a 'Transhuman' aesthetics

Urpeth, Jim (2001) Nature and art: towards a 'Transhuman' aesthetics. In: 4th Annual Conference of the Society for European Philosophy, 11- 13 Sep 2001, Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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At the centre of Kant’s “Critique of Aesthetic Judgment” lies a tantalising relation, the reciprocal semblance between nature and art, upon which the entire text pivots. With this thought, Kant suggests a critically licensed blurring of some of the defining presuppositions of critical philosophy and reconfigures the ancient problematic of mimesis. This paper will offer a sketch of how some of Kant’s key successors (Heidegger and Deleuze) attempt to extend his project of ‘transcendental critique’ in the field of aesthetics by exposing and challenging the residual pre-critical assumptions underpinning such a conception of the relation between nature and art. The possibility thereby arises of liberating critique from the restraints of the Kantian ‘as if’ without relapsing into a pre-critical naivety. In this respect the important notion of ‘auto-poiesis’, the indigenous artistic creativity of nature, will be considered in its phenomenological and materialist guises.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] This paper was presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the Society for European Philosophy held at Manchester Metropolitan University from the 11th-13th September 2001.
Uncontrolled Keywords: nature/art relation, philosophy of art, Kant, Heidegger, Deleuze
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Social, Political & Cultural Studies
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