Grounding Ethics in Aesthetics


  • Rob van Gerwen Utrecht University (Editor-in-Chief)



aesthics, Kant, ethics, aesthetics, art


In this Editor’s column I suggest a more modern aesthetics, in order to fill in some of the promise the current Special Issue on The Birth of the Discipline has in store for us. I base my suggestion more on Kant and Aristotle, though.


Aristotle. 1984. Physics. The Complete Works of Aristotle: The Revised Oxford Translation. Edited by Jonathan Barnes. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Aristotle, Horace, Longinus. 1986. Classical Literary Criticism. Edited by T.S. Dorsch. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.

Dijksterhuis, Eduard Jan. 1986. The Mechanization of the World Picture: Pythagoras to Newton. International Edition. Translated by C. Dikshoorn. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Gerwen, Rob van. 2014. “Artists’ Experiments and Our Issues with Them – Toward a Layered Definition of Art Practice.” Edited by Fabian Dorsch and Dan-Eugen Ratiu, Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics, Volume 6. 158–180.

Hume, David. 1985 (1757). “Of the Standard of Taste.” In Essays Moral Political and Literary, edited by Eugene F. Miller, 226–250. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund.

Kant, Immanuel. 1987. Critique of Judgment (Kritik der Urteilskraft). Translated by Werner S. Pluhar. Indianapolis: Hackett (orig: 1790, Berlin und Libau: Lagarde und Friederich).

Kristeller, Paul Oskar. 1978a. “The Modern System of the Arts.” Journal of the History of Ideas 12:496–527.

----- 1978b. “The Modern System of the Arts.” Journal of the History of Ideas 13:17–46.

Marquard, Odo. 1962. “Kant und die Wende zur Ästhetik.” Zeitschrift für philosophiche Forschung Band XVI:231–43, 363–74.

Rorty, Amelie Oksenberg. 1992. “The Psychology of Aristotelian Tragedy.” In Essays on Aristotle’s Poetics, edited by Amelie Oksenberg Rorty, 1– 22. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Taylor, Charles. 1985. “Legitimation Crisis? Philosophy and Human Science.” In Philosophical Papers. Volume 2 Philosophy and the Human Sciences, 248–289. Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press.

Wollheim, Richard. 1984. The Thread of Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

----- 1993. “Pictorial Style: Two Views.” In The Mind and its Depths, 171–184. Cambridge (Mass.), London (England): Harvard University Press.