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    The subjective universality of aesthetic judgements revisited
    British Journal of Aesthetics 48 (4): 410-425. 2008.
    When we are touched by the beauty of something, we cannot help judging that the experienced feeling of pleasure ought to be shared by others. In Kantian terms, a pure judgement of taste requires or demands everyone else's assent. I examine some of the major intricacies of Kant's account and aim to correct some distorted views of it. I argue that the autonomy (or ‘heautonomy’) of the judgement of taste is not presupposed but made possible by the modal requirement as such, i.e. by the ‘subjective …Read more
  •  113
    Schopenhauer on Aesthetic Understanding and the Values of Art
    European Journal of Philosophy 16 (2): 194-210. 2008.
    The article explores German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer's view on aesthetics and the values of art. It contends that some important aspects of Schopenhauer's discussion of tragedy indicate that the theory that the value of art is deductible to the aesthetic pleasure it affords is inadequate. Moreover, it claims that Schopenhauer attaches great importance to the distinction between concept and idea. It also asserts that Schopenhauer's account of aesthetic experience is inspired by Plato's ide…Read more
  •  87
    : Although Kant holds that the universal communicability of aesthetic judgments logically follows from the disinterested character of the pleasure upon which they are based, Kant’s emphasis on the a priori validity of judgments of beauty can be viewed as a rebuttal of the kind of empiricist arguments that Burke offers to justify the social nature of the experience of beauty. I argue that the requirement of universal communicability is not a mere addition to the requirement of universal validity …Read more
  •  73
    Schopenhauer on sense perception and aesthetic cognition
    Journal of Aesthetic Education 45 (1): 37-57. 2011.
    In Schopenhauer’s view, the whole organic and inorganic world is ultimately governed by an insatiable, blind will. Life as a whole is purposeless: there is no ultimate goal or meaning, for the metaphysical will is only interested in manifesting itself in (or as) a myriad of phenomena, which we call the “world” or “life.” Human life, too, is nothing but an insignificant product or “objectivation” of the blind, unconscious will, and because our life is determined by willing (that is, by needs, aff…Read more
  •  58
    Aesthetic Disinterestedness in Kant and Schopenhauer
    Estetika 49 (1): 45-70. 2012.
    While several commentators agree that Schopenhauer’s theory of ‘will-less contemplation’ is a variant of Kant’s account of aesthetic disinterestedness, I shall argue here that Schopenhauer’s account departs from Kant’s in several important ways, and that he radically transforms Kant’s analysis of aesthetic judgement into a novel aesthetic attitude theory. In the first part of the article, I critically discuss Kant’s theory of disinterestedness, pay particular attention to rectifying a common mis…Read more
  •  47
    Het sublieme in de kunst: van Kant tot Duchamp en verder
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 73 (4): 701-733. 2011.
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    "New" media, art, and intercultural communication
    Journal of Aesthetic Education 38 (4): 1-9. 2004.
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    A Companion to Schopenhauer (edited book)
    Wiley-Blackwell. 2011.
    _A Companion to Schopenhauer_ provides a comprehensive guide to all the important facets of Schopenhauer’s philosophy. The volume contains 26 newly commissioned essays by prominent Schopenhauer scholars working in the field today. A thoroughly comprehensive guide to the life, work, and thought of Arthur Schopenhauer Demonstrates the range of Schopenhauer’s work and illuminates the debates it has generated 26 newly commissioned essays by some of the most prominent Schopenhauer scholars working to…Read more
  •  25
    No need for essences. On non-verbal communication in first inter-cultural contacts
    South African Journal of Philosophy 21 (2): 85-96. 2002.
    Drawing on anthropological examples of first contacts between people from different cultures, I argue that non-verbal communication plays a far bigger part in intercultural communication than has been acknowledged in the literature so far. Communication rests on mutually attuning in a large number of judgements. Some sort of structuring principle is needed at this point, and Davidson's principle of charity is a good candidate, provided sufficient attention is given to non-verbal communication. T…Read more
  •  25
    This article discusses Kant's and Schopenhauer's analyses of the feeling of the sublime. The focus is on the relationship between their ethics and aesthetics. It is argued that the kantian-schopenhauerian analysis of the sublime reveals an insurmountable fissure at the heart of subjectivity. This points out that a dialectical interpretation of kantian-schopenhauerian aesthetics, that reduces the sublime feeling to a kind of bridge or passage (Übergang) from the beautiful to the good is not witho…Read more
  •  17
    The mainstream interpretation of Schopenhauer's philosophy is dialectical and stresses the continuity between aesthetics and ethics. This interpretation has its own plausibility but is overly confident in the letter. Restricting the value of Schopenhauer's aesthetic theory to a mere propaedeutic of an ethics, wherein the ascetic ideal of the denial of willing is central, might seem fully justified at first sight, but clearly overlooks a number of crucial complexities and ambivalences. First of a…Read more
  •  16
    7. Schopenhauer on Aesthetic Contemplation
    In Matthias Koßler & Oliver Hallich (eds.), Arthur Schopenhauer: Die Welt Als Wille Und Vorstellung, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag. pp. 101-118. 2014.
  •  15
    Short film experience
    with Pepita Hesselberth and Carlos Miguel Roos Munoz
    Since the advent and standardization of the theatrical feature length film, the audio-visual short has been more or less marginalized in the discussions on cinematic experience. Historically stretching from the ‘early cinema’ of the vaudeville, to the now obsolete ‘little films’ of YouTube and beyond, the audio-visual short traverses a wide variety of media platforms, practices and technologies, including animation, video installation art, video clips and TV commercials, as well as animated GIFs…Read more
  •  15
    Nietzsche, Selfhood, and the Limitations of the Transcendental Reading
    with Violi Sahaj
    Nietzsche-Studien 44 (1). 2015.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Nietzsche-Studien Jahrgang: 44 Heft: 1 Seiten: 315-339
  •  12
    Communication and memory
    with Johan Siebers, Mats Bergman, and Vincenzo Romania
    Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 2 (1). 2011.
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    Strelend wonden helen: over Hadewych, erotiek en esthetiek
    de Uil Van Minerva 13 89-95. 1996.
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    "New" Media, Art, and Intercultural Communication
    Journal of Aesthetic Education 38 (4): 1. 2004.
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    Affect en contemplatie: De ambivalente positie van de muziek in Schopenhauers filosofie
    Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 91 (3): 194-207. 1999.
  • Macht en onmacht. Essays
    with Samuel Ijsseling and Pieter Van Reijbrouck
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 62 (2): 401-402. 2000.