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8th Edition of the Multilateral Kant Colloquium - Virginia Figueiredo

Abstract: Does a Genius Produce His Artworks Like an Apple Tree its Apples? This paper addresses two issues: the first is the philosopher's fear of a lawless freedom of nature. Facing the possibility of chaos, he is terrified with the chance that knowledge becomes impossible. The second is a harder one, and it is related to the modern artist´s (or genius) anguish. It is a technical or an artistical complaint. He finds no more given rules to create his artworks. I try to deal with these two issues by taking into account Kant´s concept of purposiveness of nature as a regulative principle. The madness that threaten the genius is deeper than that of the philosopher. In order to treat the artist´s pain, without having to abandon the connection between art and nature, that constitutes one of the most fruitful reading keys of Kant´s Aesthetics, I resort to other ideas I found reading Lacoue-Labarthe and Hannah Arendt.