Sulla storicità del senso. L’Estetica di Hegel e alcune sue interpretazioni problematiche Print

Luca Corti


In this article I reconstruct and assess some recent interpretations of Hegel’s Aesthetics. In particular, I focus on readings that have tried to show how Hegel’s thought remains a viable philosophical framework for understanding phenomena, such as modernism in the visual arts or abstract art, that we today consider “art”. In order to address these readings, I will proceed as follows: 1) I will outline some basic assumptions underlying these interpretations. In particular, I will shed light on the concept of aesthetic intelligibility (a key notion for these interpretations) as it is understood in Kant and Hegel. 2) I will highlight how aesthetic intelligibility is used in these readings to interpret Hegel’s systematic theory of the nature of art and beauty and outline the account of art these interpretations attribute to Hegel. 3) I will assess the potential of these readings in terms of their capacity to shed new light on the text, and finally, 4) I will highlight aspects of Hegel’s aesthetic that these readings leave aside.