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The First Moment — Disinterested Pleasure

  • Mary A. McCloskey
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Abstract

In the First Moment Kant is primarily concerned to maintain that whereas pleasure in the agreeable and the good are ‘interested’ pleasures, pleasure in the beautiful is ‘disinterested’. The fact that pleasure in the good counts as ‘interested’ for Kant should be noted, since noting it forestalls a too facile reading of what he means by ‘disinterested’. The definition which concludes the First Moment includes along with the characterisation of beauty in terms of disinterested pleasure, specific reference to the aesthetic as distinct from aesthetic value. The way in which we must consider something when we are aiming to judge whether it is beautiful or not is disinterestedly, and what we judge when we judge that it is beautiful, is that it pleases when it is considered in that way.

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Colour Violet Aesthetic Judgement Negative Interpretation Real Existence Good Count 
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