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Disinterestedness Workshop - Faculty of Divinity Cambridge

When May 23, 2019
from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
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Faculty of Divinity, Seminar Room 7, May 23rd, 10am-5pm

‘Disinterestedness’ – traditionally considered a condition for aesthetic experience or judgment – is a controversial but crucial notion in the context of Kant’s third Critique. Despite the concept’s frequently being treated with some hostility, it has not lost its vitality over the last two centuries. In fact, the concept provides valuable fruit in the fields of aesthetics, arts, and philosophy of art. This workshop will map and problematize disinterestedness in relation to attitude theories, artistic forms, and the connection between creation, appreciation, and morality. It will also venture beyond this, into more general spheres of epistemology, embodiment theories, and philosophy of perception.

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10:00 Brief introduction

10:05 João Lemos, “Kant, Attitude Theories and Pleasure”

11:00 Aline Guillermet, “Aesthetic Experience in Digital Art”

11:50 Tea break

12:05 Daisy Dixon, “The Dangers of Disinterestedness”

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 James Hutton, “Disinterestedness in Kant’s Epistemology”

14:50 Rachel Robertson, “Kant on Disinterestedness and Embodiment”

15:40 Tea break

16:00 Maarten Steenhagen, “Disinterestedness and the Transparency of Experience”

16:50 Closing remarks

17:00 Pub

18:30 Dinner

*Each talk is 30mins, with 20mins discussion


Daisy Dixon, Peterhouse | Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

João Lemos, IFILNOVA/FCSH, Nova University of Lisbon | academic visitor of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Maarten Steenhagen, Queens’ College | Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge