What is an aesthetic category? In what sense is it a historical phenomenon? How are its two components, spontaneous judgment and the perception of form, sutured by affect into a distinctive experience? While drawing on philosophers to think about these questions, this lecture will also explore them through a distinctively capitalist aesthetic category: the extravagant and yet impoverished, simultaneously overperforming and underperforming, fundamentally compromised gimmick.
Moderation: Prof. Johannes Völz