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Beyond Ontology: On Blaustein’s Reconsideration of Ingarden’s Aesthetics

Journal: Horizon. Studies in Phenomenology (Vol.9, No. 2)

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Page : 552-578

Keywords : aesthetic experience; descriptive psychology; purely intentional object; theory of presentations; Ingarden; Blaustein;

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The article addresses the popular reading of Ingarden that his aesthetic theory is determined by ontology. This reading seems to suggest that, firstly, aesthetics lacks its autonomy, and, secondly, the subject of aesthetic experience is reproductive, and passive. The author focuses on Ingarden's aesthetics formulated by him in the period of 1925–1944. Moreover, the study presents selected elements of Ingarden's phenomenology of aesthetic experience, and by doing so, the author aims at showing how Ingarden's aesthetics was reconsidered by Blaustein, a student of Ingarden, whose theory seems to lead one beyond the scope of ontology. Blaustein, namely, reconsiders Ingarden's theory of purely intentional objects by interpreting it in a descriptive-psychological, or phenomenological fashion. The article is divided into four parts. In section 1, the author highlights historical interconnections between Ingarden, and Blaustein. Section 2.1. is devoted to Ingarden's phenomenological approach towards aesthetic experience as a phasic structure. At this basis, in section 2.2., Ingarden's early theory of intentional objects is to be discussed. Section 3 concerns Blaustein's contribution to phenomenology of aesthetic experience. Given that Blaustein formulates his theory in discussion with Ingarden, section 3.1. is devoted to Blaustein's critical assessment of Ingarden's method, and aesthetics. Next, in section 3.2., the author presents Blaustein's original theory of presentations, and its use in aesthetics. Finally, in section 4, the author lists similarities, and differences between Blaustein's and Ingarden's aesthetic theories.

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