Cosmological Aesthetics through the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

Cosmological Aesthetics through the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

by Erman Kaplama

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Overview

Erman Kaplama explores the principle of transition (Übergang) from metaphysics to physics developed by Kant in his unfinished magnum opus, Opus Postumum. Drawing on the Heraclitean logos and Kant’s notions of sense-intuition (Anschauung) and reflective judgment, Kaplama interprets transition as an aesthetic principle. He revises the idea of nature (phusis) as the principle of motion referring to Heraclitus’ cosmology as well as Heidegger’s and Nietzsche’s lectures on the pre-Socratics. Kaplama compares the Kantian sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian as aesthetic theories representing the transition from the sensible to supersensible and as cosmological theories that consider human nature (ethos) as an extension of nature. In light of such Nietzschean notions as the eternal recurrence and will to power, the Dionysian is shown to trigger the transition by which nature and art are redefined. Finally, Cosmological Aesthetics employs the principles of transition and motion to analyze Van Gogh’s Starry Night in an excursus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761861560
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/16/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Erman Kaplama is currently lecturing in philosophy, ethics, and governance at the University of the South Pacific. He was previously the Head of School of Social Sciences and assistant professor at Fiji National University. He holds a PhD in humanities and cultural studies from the University of London’s Birkbeck College, an MSc in political theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in political science from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: On “Transition” as one of the Founding Principles of Cosmological Aesthetics and its Applications in the Kantian Sublime and Nietzschean Dionysian

Prelude: The Heraclitean Logos and the Principle of Transition

On the Principle of Transition as the Foundation of Cosmological Aesthetics with Reference to Opus Postumum

On the Human Faculty of Sense-Intuition (Anschauung) through which the Transition Takes Place

On the Power of Judgment as the Faculty that Regulates and Determines the Transition
The Principle of Transition and Cosmological Transcendentalism

The Kantian Sublime as a Theory of Cosmological Aesthetics Representing the Transition
The Nietzschean Dionysian as a Theory of Cosmological Aesthetics Representing the Transition

On the Principle of Transition as Genius in Kantian and Nietzschean Aesthetics
Conclusion

Chapter Two: On “Motion” as one of the Founding Principles of Cosmological Aesthetics with Regards to the Heraclitean, Kantian and Nietzschean Cosmology

Prelude: Heraclitean Phusis as the Principle of Motion

Kant’s Principle of Motion and Metaphysics of Nature

Nietzsche’s Principle of Motion and the Dionysian as a
Cosmological Principle
Conclusion

Excursus: A Cosmological-Aesthetic Analysis Of Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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