Essex Lectures - Aesthetic Freedom: Towards a Critical Aesthetic Theory

A lecture by Dr Jörg Schaub as part of The Essex Lectures in Philosophy 2021

  • Thu 13 May 21

    13:00 - 15:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Dr Jörg Schaub, The University of Essex

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    The Essex Lectures in Philosophy 2021

  • Event organiser

    Philosophy and Art History, School of

  • Contact details

    Hannah Whiting, School Manager

The School of Philosophy and Art History hold 'The Essex Lectures in Philosophy' each year. The May 2021 lectures are titled: 'Aesthetic freedom and democratic life'.

This lecture will last for one-hour, followed by a 45-minute 'Question and Answer' session.


In his Essex Lectures, Jörg Schaub presents a novel account of the contributions that aesthetics makes to democratic life and delineates a critical aesthetic theory. The first lecture identifies dimensions of unfreedom in accounts of democratic life and argues that these unfreedoms result from the displacement of modern aesthetics. The second lecture reconstructs Hegel’s notion of post-ideal art and aesthetics that emerges from ideal art’s self-transgression (and explores his reasons for banning the romantics from modern ethical life). The final lecture systematically develops Hegel’s notion of post-ideal art into an account of aesthetic freedom, elucidates its place and role in democratic life, and outlines key elements of a critical theory of aesthetics. 


Jörg studied Philosophy and Aesthetics at the HfG Karlsruhe, Heidelberg University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Cambridge University. He received a doctoral degree in Philosophy from Goethe-University Frankfurt. Before joining the School of Philosophy and Art History, he taught at Mannheim University and Goethe-University, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Philosophy Departments at Cambridge University and the University of Essex.

If you would like to register for this event, please email spahpg@essex.ac.uk for the Zoom link.

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