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Objective Beauty and Subjective Dissent in Leibniz’s Aesthetics
Objective Beauty and Subjective Dissent in Leibniz’s Aesthetics

Author(s): Carlos Portales
Subject(s): Aesthetics
Published by: Ústav dějin umění Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: Leibniz G. W.;aesthetics of nature;aesthetic judgement;natural beauty;Unitas Multiplex

Summary/Abstract: According to the classical view, beauty is grounded on the universe’s objective harmony, defined by the formula of unity in variety. Concurrently, nature’s beauty is univocal and independent of subjective judgement. In this paper I will argue that, although Leibniz’s view coincides with this formula, his philosophy offers an explanation or subjective dissent in aesthetic judgements about nature. I will show that the acceptance of divergences on aesthetic value are the result of a conception of harmony that includes qualitative variety and dissonance.

  • Issue Year: LV/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 67-88
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English