London Aesthetics Forum

London Aesthetics Forum
24 May 2019, 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Bloomsbury Room, G35, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Beyond the Pleasure Principle: 
Autonomy in Kant’s Aesthetics  

Dominic McIver Lopes (University of British Columbia),  


Aesthetic hedonism is the view that to be aesthetically good is to please. For most aesthetic hedonists, the normativity of pleasure sources the normativity of aesthetic value. I argue that Kant is an aesthetic hedonist with a non-hedonic account of the normativity of aesthetic value. Kant sources the normativity of aesthetic value in autonomy, tying his aesthetics into a key theme of his larger philosophy.


The London Aesthetics Forum (LAF) is a Forum of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. With lectures on topics in aesthetics and philosophy of art, LAF aims to stimulate philosophical reflection on art. Our events are free and open to all.

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