Aesthetic Aspects on Persons in Kant, Schiller, and Wittgenstein

Christian Helmut Wenzel

Abstract



The main ideas in this paper can be summarized in the following three points. (1)
Openness, indeterminacy, and exemplarity are elements of both Kant's aesthetics and
Wittgenstein's notion of language games. (2) These elements are essential to what
makes a person. They are necessary in processes of decision-making and in the
development of a person. (3) Such aspects were in the center of discussion during the
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Europe, especially in the tradition of the
so-called “Bildungsroman”. Unfortunately, they tend to be
forgotten nowadays.

Keywords


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; aesthetics; person; personal identity; value

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