SERENA FELOJ | Estetica del disgusto. Mendelssohn, Kant e i limiti della rappresentazione | Carocci 2017
By Robert R. Clewis
Contemporary aesthetics continues to show great interest in negative aesthetic experiences, especially ugliness and disgust, with numerous books and articles recently appearing on both topics. While The Aesthetics of Disgust: Mendelssohn, Kant, and the Limits of Representation is best characterised as a study of the history of (eighteenth-century) philosophy, it is also informed by the contemporary debates in aesthetics and empirical psychology.
It is a stimulating study of how disgust (Ekel) has been developed in the work of Mendelssohn, Kant, and contemporary researchers. Feloj, who recently translated Winfried Menninghaus’s impressive study Ekel (1999), not only investigates the writings of Mendelssohn and Kant, but also examines recent work on disgust by psychologists (Paul Rozin, Jonathan Haidt, Clark McCauley) and phenomenologists (Aurel Kolnai) as well as Martha Nussbaum and Jacques Derrida. The book is divided into equal parts on Mendelssohn (pp. 21–81) and Kant (pp. 83–144), followed by a shorter, third part on contemporary philosophy and empirical research (pp. 145–67). Read more
HENRY E. ALLISON | Kant’s Transcendental Deduction. An Analytical-Historical Commentary | Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015
By Alison Laywine
The new book by Henry Allison, under discussion here, is the result of an engagement over more than forty years with Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. It is Allison’s first book-length treatment of the Transcendental Deduction: most welcome, indeed, because it is an opportunity for him to elaborate his understanding of the Deduction beyond the smaller compass of Part Two of Kant’s Transcendental Idealism: an Interpretation and Defense (2004). He carefully examines not just the presentation of the Deduction in the second edition of the Critique from 1787, but also that of the first edition from 1781. He supplements his examination with a careful review of Kant’s writings relevant to the Deduction in the six years between the two editions: not just the Prolegomena, but also Reflexionen 5923–35 and the famous note about the Deduction in the preface to the Metaphysische Anfangsgründe der Naturwissenschaft.