Aesthetic Disinterestedness: Art, Experience, and the Self by Thomas Hilgers

By Thomas Hilgers

The thought of disinterestedness is usually conceived of as antiquated or ideological. nonetheless, Hilgers argues that one can't reject it if one needs to appreciate the character of artwork. He claims that an paintings commonly asks an individual to undertake a disinterested angle in the direction of what it indicates, and that the influence of such an adoption is that it makes the individual briefly lose the experience of herself, whereas permitting her to gain a feeling of the other. because of an artwork’s specific wealth, multiperspectivity, and dialecticity, the engagement with it can't culminate within the building of world-views, yet needs to start up a technique of self-critical pondering, that's a precondition of actual self-determination. eventually, then, the cultured event of artwork involves a dynamic means of losing the feel of oneself, whereas gaining a feeling of the other, and of achieving selfhood. In his booklet, Hilgers spells out the character of this strategy through rethinking Kant’s and Schopenhauer’s aesthetic theories in gentle of newer advancements in philosophy–specifically in hermeneutics, serious thought, and analytic philosophy–and in the arts themselves–specifically inside of movie and function art.

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