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Aesthetics the process through which humans make judgments of beauty shapes the culture within which people express themselves artistically In Immanuel Kants Critique of Judgment Friedrich Schillers On the Aesthetic Education of Man and Edward Tylors Primitive Culture all three writers explore the origins of subjective aesthetic culture and its relationship to society and particularly politics Culture and in turn the aesthetic process creates the societal whole which eventually takes the form of the state While these works were written nations in Europe such as France reacting from the Revolution and Germany working toward unification struggled to identify themselves as a whole and these historical events greatly influenced these thinkers Although Tylors subject matter differs somewhat from that of Kant and Schiller he explores the larger realm within which the processes identified by the latter two are carried out The writers all explore though each differently the idea of subjectivity as it is related to judgments of beauty and the creation of a culture and politics in a society While aesthetics necessitate subjectivity and in turn create a larger societal bond in the writings of both Kant and Schiller Tylor views aesthetics as well as politics as merely parts of a larger natural social development dependent upon objective laws In Kants Critique of Judgment he argues that the aesthetic process requires the individual to be removed from politics The judgment of beauty the most significant component in his aesthetic process necessitates the disinterest of the judge One cannot judge beauty if one is influenced by politics because a judgment of tasteis merely contemplative ie it is a judgment that is indifferent to the existence of the object Kant 51 The judge must also reflect upon and contemplate the object of his judgments which demands subjectivity and individual assessment With this assertion Kant emphasizes the value of subjectivity in formulating judgments of beauty However if someone likes something and is conscious that he himself does so
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