Christel Fricke on "Reflective sentimentalism in Aesthetics: Hume’s Question and Kant’s Answer"

We are very pleased to announce that Christel Fricke,  Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo, will deliver a talk for Filosofisk seminar this semester. The seminar is open for everyone, and will be followed by an informal reception.

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‘Beauty’ is an evaluative predicate; the evaluation of an object as beautiful or not is constituted by an aesthetic sentiment. But not all the sentiments that people have in response to a particular object of perception can support an aesthetic judgment all other people have reason to agree with. Only proper aesthetic sentiments can do so. Aesthetic judgments which are well-grounded are based on proper aesthetic sentiments – and vice versa. The challenge for the philosopher is to explain in virtue of what a sentiment is aesthetically proper. Both Hume and Kant tried to provide such an explanation, but they did so in different ways. My claim is that only Kant did so successfully.

About Christel Fricke

Christel Fricke is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. She obtained her Ph.D at Heidelberg University, where she also worked as assistant professor. She has held the position of Visiting Professor at Emory University in Atlanta (USA), Research Lecturer at Karlsruhe University (Germany) and Temporary Chair in Philosophy at Mannheim University. She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and currently holds the position as research director of the Moral Agency subsection of the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature (CSMN).

About the seminar series

Philosophical Seminar is a philosophy colloquium series, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas at UiO. The departmental colloquium has previously hosted renowned philosophers such as Charles Taylor, Peter Railton, Galen Strawson, Julia Annas, Martin Kusch, Stephen Darwall, Berit Brogaard, John Sallis, Robert B. Pippin, Serena Parekh, Laurie Paul, Cara Nine and Finnur Dellsén.

The colloquia are open to everyone and followed by an open and informal reception on the third floor in the same building. Students are especially encouraged to attend, and all participants are invited to the reception afterwards.

Published Oct. 9, 2019 1:04 PM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2019 2:55 PM