By Jerrold Levinson
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This line of thought culminated in Kant's conception of the judgement of taste as the product of the reflecting power of judgement using indeterminate rather than determinate concepts, which showed ‘how to think aesthetic intersubjectivity without grounding it either on a dogmatic reason or on a psycho-physiological structure’ (pp. 85–6). However, such a foundation for the possibility of intersubjective agreement in something so subjective as our sentiments and preferences comes under criticism by Hegel, who is not prepared to surrender the promise of Leibnizian rationalism.
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But he characteristically concludes that Baumgarten's ‘innovative gesture’ succeeded only in opening up ‘the whole terrain of sensation... to... the colonization of reason’ (p. 15); that is, the new recognition of art's potential appeal to the affective side of human nature only afforded new instruments for the reason employed by the dominant economic and political forces of emerging bourgeois society to exercise control over individuals. Similarly, Rousseau envisioned autonomous individuals who through self-legislation could retain their ‘unique individuality, but now in the form of a disinterested commitment to a common well-being’, a ‘fusion of general and particular, in which one shares in the whole at no risk to one's unique specificity’, and which ‘resembles the very form of the aesthetic artefact’.