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Objective Beauty and Subjective Dissent in Leibniz’s Aesthetics

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Carlos Portales

Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, EH8 9AD Edinburgh, GB
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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 for 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.
How to Cite: Portales, Carlos. “Objective Beauty and Subjective Dissent in Leibniz’s Aesthetics”. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics 55, no. 1 (2018): 67–88. DOI: http://doi.org/10.33134/eeja.171
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Published on 01 Mar 2018.
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