Unformatted text preview: sublime is an intrinsically experimental nature that can be easily classified as avant-garde. The other facet of this, of course, is the irony in the end of the paragraph in which Lyotard refers to this avant-gardism. The irony being that the art that is described in Kantian and other aesthetics is merely trying to mimic this feeling of the sublime, of the pain and pleasure of observing the inconceivable. This art fails to represent this concept truthfully and therefore presents an “agitation”, as Kant coins it, in the viewer, contrary to the intended pleasure of experiencing beauty. It is therefore, ironic that this avant-gardism is so present in Kantian aesthetics, since it is so contrary to aesthetic pleasure....
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- Spring '09
- Kant, aesthetic pleasure, experimental nature, intrinsically experimental nature