Of the three forms of reflective judgment analyzed in Kant’s third Critique, the pleasant has received the least attention because it is seen in part as purely subjective, in part as a mere foil for his theory of judgments of beauty. This paper makes a case for the philosophical consideration of this kind of judgment by focusing on its converse: the unpleasant is a form of aesthetic response that is initially negative but has great motivating power. More modest and common than judgments of the purely beautiful or ugly and more rational than our visceral responses to the disgusting, the unpleasant can capture the aesthetic tenor of our daily lives and concerns.
- Aesthetic judgment
- The unpleasant
- The ugly
- The disgusting
Jane Forsey, “The Aesthetic Force of the Unpleasant.” Evental Aesthetics 5, no. 1 (2016): 15-24.