Must the aesthetic always be beautiful? Can you also perceive the ugly as an aesthetic experience? Why do horror films attract so many people, even though they actually illustrate ugliness and evil? The philosopher Karl Rosenkranz divides the emergence of ugliness into three areas: ugliness in nature, humanity and art. Disgust also plays an important role in this context. It is a feeling from deep within the human being, which evokes an aesthetic moment. Fascist regimes and even today’s pop culture play with the aesthetics of ugliness. This conference with Nora Schleich addresses the philosophical interpretation of the phenomenon of ugliness.
By Nora Schleich
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