From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
|'Kant's famous definition of the beautiful. "That is beautiful," says Kant, "which pleases without interesting." Without interesting! Compare this definition with this other one [...] by Stendhal, who once called the beautiful une promesse de bonheur. Here, at any rate, the one point which Kant makes prominent in the aesthetic position is repudiated and eliminated—le désinteressement. Who is right, Kant or Stendhal?' --Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality|
Disinterestedness (German: "Gleichgültigkeit" or "ohne interesse") is a key term in the aesthetics of Immanuel Kant.
In Kant's words: "Taste is the faculty of judging of an object or a method of representing it by an entirely disinterested satisfaction or dissatisfaction. The object of such satisfaction is called beautiful."
J. H. Bernard in the introduction to Critique of Judgment said that "[Kant] declares that the aesthetical judgement about Beauty is according to quality disinterested ; a point which had been laid down by such different writers as Hutcheson and Moses Mendelssohn."
- L'indifférent, a painting by Watteau
- History of aesthetics before the 20th century
- Kant's aesthetics
- Interest (emotion)