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Engaging the Moving Image$
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Noël Carroll

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091953

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091953.001.0001

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Ethnicity, Race, and Monstrosity: The Rhetorics of Horror and Humor

Ethnicity, Race, and Monstrosity: The Rhetorics of Horror and Humor

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(p.88) Chapter 4 Ethnicity, Race, and Monstrosity: The Rhetorics of Horror and Humor
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Engaging the Moving Image
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Noël Carroll

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300091953.003.0004

This chapter delves into the many conceptions of beauty. Some associate beauty with proportion and harmony; some with pleasure taken in the appearance of things; and some, more narrowly, with disinterested pleasure. Kant, quite obviously, uses disinterested pleasure as the central mark of what he calls free beauty. However, Kant also speaks of dependent or accessory beauty, which pertains to the aesthetic judgments we make about things in relation to the determinate concepts under which the objects in question fall. Human beauty, for Kant, is of this sort. We call a human beautiful, he suggests, insofar as a person approaches being a perfect example of the category or concept of human being. This approach to human beauty implies what shall count as nonbeauty. If human beauty is, at the limit, the perfect realization of the concept of human being, then nonbeauty, the antithesis to beauty, is somehow an inadequate instantiation of the concept of human being.

Keywords:   beauty, proportion, harmony, disinterested pleasure, Kant, free beauty, human beauty, nonbeauty

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