ABSTRACT

Blurred sketches can provide to criteria for judgements through which everyday habit, common understanding or other competing blurred sketches can be critiqued. As has been emphasised throughout this study, Kant’s blurred sketch that provides the universalistically orientated criteria for judgement is the one of freedom. However, as has been intimated Kant conflates the transcendental with the universal. If the transcendental moment is the productive imagination, then the blurred sketch of a universalising notion of freedom is a contingent creation that is historically specific. Yet it becomes the one that Kant refers to for his critiques of domination. The blurred sketch of freedom created by the non-functional figurative imagination becomes the universalisable and universalising point of orientation, and as such becomes the point of orientation from which one critiques other blurred sketches and patterns of action. It is here that freedom is pluralised and orientated to critique, aesthetic judgements and political and moral relations with others in ways that contest particularistic, dominating or ego-centred patterns of action. We can create blurred sketches of freedom and remain within and accept their limits or we can leap out of them at our peril.