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Guided Freedom: Aesthetics, Tutelage, and the Interpretation of Art

2011

Abstract

This paper examines the operations of post-Kantian aesthetic discourses as parts of cultural technologies that induct individuals into particular kinds of independent and critical reflexivity modelled on the autonomy of the work of art. While acknowledging the historical force of these technologies in producing a form of ‘guided freedom’, the paper reflects on their limitations, particularly as exemplified in the writings of the philosopher Jacques Rancière.

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