Research Article

Beyond the Pleasure Principle: A Kantian Aesthetics of Autonomy



Aesthetic hedonism is the view that to be aesthetically good is to please. For most aesthetic hedonists, aesthetic normativity is hedonic normativity. This paper argues that Kant’s third Critique contains resources for a nonhedonic account of aesthetic normativity as sourced in autonomy as self-legislation. A case is made that the account is also Kant’s because it ties his aesthetics into a key theme of his larger philosophy.


  • Year: 2021
  • Volume: 58 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 1–18
  • DOI: 10.33134/eeja.251
  • Submitted on 9 Dec 2019
  • Accepted on 8 May 2020
  • Published on 17 Mar 2021
  • Peer Reviewed