versão impressa ISSN 0101-3173
PARRET, Herman. On the Beautiful and the Ugly. Trans/Form/Ação [online]. 2011, vol.34, n.spe2, pp. 21-34. ISSN 0101-3173. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-31732011000400003.
Classical aesthetics sees the experience of the beautiful as an anthropological necessity. But, in fact, the beautiful is rather the central category designating classical art, and one can question the relevance of this category considering contemporary art. The reference term most frequently used for contemporary art is interesting: works of art solicit the interests of my faculties (the cognitive-intellectual, the pragmatic community-oriented moral, the affective aesthetic faculties). It is interesting to notice that the categories of the beautiful and the ugly have an axiological-moral value. It looks as if the qualities of contemporary art works are judged according to the intensity of the impact on the interests of our faculties. It reveals important, in this respect, to distinguish the ugly from the sublime and the monstrous. Kant’s Third Critique is of some importance in defining these categories.
Palavras-chave : formlessness; the abject; formalism; functionalism; the ugly and evil; the axiological value of the beautiful and the ugly; the sublime; the monstrous; the colossal; nostalgia for beauty.