Aesthetic community

Ruth Ronen*

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Taste, as a faculty of aesthetic appreciation, involves an individual, and yet assumes a community. In this article, a distinctly singular mode of being attuned to objects of taste is shown to be conditioned by the consent of others and by being-with others, thereby constituting what is named here an ‘aesthetic community.’ This idea of an aesthetic community is traced back to Kant’s sensus communis and to Heidegger’s notion of preservation: for both, it is the presence of a community that conditions aesthetic experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-336
Number of pages18
JournalDialogue-Canadian Philosophical Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • Heidegger
  • Kant
  • Nancy
  • aesthetic community
  • judgement of taste
  • preservation
  • sensus communis


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