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Type: Conference paper
Title: Aesthetic autonomy: tracing the Kantian legacy to Olafur Eliasson
Author: McMahon, J.
Citation: Proceedings of the European Society for Aesthetics, vol. 3, 2011, held at Grenoble, France, 18-20 April, 2011 / F. Dorsch, J. Stejskal and J. Zeimbekis (eds.): pp.220-234
Publisher: European Society for Aesthetics
Publisher Place: online
Issue Date: 2011
Conference Name: European Society for Aesthetics Conference (2011 : Grenoble, France)
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Jennifer A. McMahon
Abstract: Aesthetic autonomy is sometimes equated with an art for art’s sake approach to art. On the contrary, the philosophers whose work is often cited as backup to this concept of aesthetic autonomy held a very different conception of it. I will trace an alternative notion of aesthetic autonomy in the work of Adorno and Habermas, the origins of which can be found in Immanuel Kant’s aesthetic theory, the popular notion of his formalism, notwithstanding. I draw upon the art practice of the contemporary Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson in order to demonstrate this alternative notion of aesthetic autonomy.
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RMID: 0020118420
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