Sponsored by the SHAPE Seminar and Research Group
21-22 February, 2011
The Refectory, Quadrangle Building, A14
University of Sydney
This event is free
This is the first conference sponsored by SHAPE (Social, Historical, Aesthetic, Political and Environmental Philosophy), a group dedicated to explorations in the philosophy of value broadly conceived. This conference brings together members of the Philosophy Dept at Sydney University who have a research interest in aesthetics with new and interesting voices from overseas who are involved with the SHAPE group.
The topic of the sublime, which was one of most widely discussed matters in C18 aesthetics, has received scant attention in Anglo-American philosophy, at least when compared with beauty. And when we turn to Kant scholarship we find the same asymmetrical treatment ? despite the fact that, for Kant, the sublime is akin to the beautiful in so far as it involves the disinterested response that he saw as central to aesthetic experience. But recently there has been a revival of interest in the sublime stimulated in large part by its apparently embracing various stimulating paradoxes (e.g. taking pleasure in pain; gaining insights by way of an apprehension of limitation; the understanding in a fraught relation with the imagination). In this conference we aim to re-examine the sublime and its importance for aesthetic experience and our appreciation of art.