Reflections on Beauty and the Sublime

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4 Days - 2 Hours per Day

15 Participants


19 – 22 September 2020 Everday at 12.00 – 14.00 (UTC + 2)


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What do we mean when we define an object, an experience as “beautiful” or as “sublime”? This lecture aims to provide some conceptual tools to clarify the meaning of such judgments by studying the canonical texts on aesthetics in the history of philosophy. We begin with Plato and Aristotle and then look at modern philosophical texts, especially Kant’s Critique of Judgment, in which we find a detailed account of beauty and the sublime and the relation of these aesthetic judgments to human reason. The lecture will end with a discussion on the public sphere with inspiration from Arendt’s reading of Kant’s text.

Instructor Details

İlke Yiğit was born in 1977. She studied Business Administration; did MA and started PhD in philosophy at Boğaziçi University. She worked as a TA at İstanbul Bilgi University (2000-2005; Sociology of Work, Management Theories, Organizational Behavior) and at Sabancı University (2005-2013; Law & Ethics). She is the co-founder of both the theatre group Seyyar Sahne (2000) and Tiyatro Medresesi (2012). She is an actor and composer as well as working as a cook, gardener, lecturer and manager at Tiyatro Medresesi. Her PhD thesis is on “The Problem of Contingency in Louis Althusser’s Early and Canonical Texts.” Her areas of interest are Ancient Greek Philosophy, Kant’s Third Critique, Post-Althusserian Political Philosophy, and Hannah Arendt.

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