Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 6, Issue 3/4, Fall/Winter 1999

Judith Bradford
Pages 35-41

Sociality and the Aesthetic Sphere
The Revelations of Offense and Transgression

In this paper, I examine the textual evidence for the thesis that the so-called “aesthetic sphere” of existence as depicted in Either/Or, Part I, is best described as a certain mode of relation to the social: a relation of distrust and despite. Throughout that work, themes of distrust, misunderstanding, offense, and deliberate deception recur in different profiles; I offer a social diagnosis of the “aesthetic” and support the analysis through interpretation of the text.