Professor Jane Kneller
Colorado State University
Art and Community: Indeterminacy and Aesthetic Reflection
The paper will draw an analogy between the role that aesthetic reflective judgment plays in individual moral development, on the one hand, and the role that art can play in the development of a cohesive, culturally diverse community. Drawing on a broadly Kantian analysis of aesthetic reflective judgment, I argue that the open-ended, playful activity of aesthetic reflection promotes a kind of open-mindedness in individuals that is necessary (not sufficient) for moral development. I go on to sketch ways in which the similar indeterminacy of artistic practice and reception could be used as a model for promoting the bonds of community in a culturally divided, pluralist society.