Sometimes we tend to think that life started with Kant whereas in this
matter (aesthetics) he was a reader of Alexander Baumgarten’s two
volumes of /Aesthetica/ published in 1757 and, in the same year, Edmund
Burke’s /“A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the
Sublime and the Beautiful/ .
Whilst Burke introduces ugliness and terrifying forms as possible of
aesthetical perception, it is Baumgarten that “invents” the word
Aesthetic because, as a Logicist, he understands that there is another
way of Knowing outside reason and Logic.
These were the direct shoulders of giants for dear Immanuel.
This decade (1750’s) is particularly rich because Rococo still rules but
the Neo Classic and Romanticism are emerging. If we are talking about
At the time distance in which we are we can see Taste as the visible
part of a philosophy or a world vision. Rococo: Ancient Regime; Neo
Classic: New Regime and Imperialism; Romanticism: Revolution.