310pp. First paperback edition 1999. Very good condition with light wear to corners and general signs of use. Discussions of aesthetics, whether in the hermeneutic or the analytic tradition, generally understand the place of art and aesthetic experience according to a model of "autonomy". This is one of the many modes of experience that make up the realm of reason, situated beside the other "spheres of value".;In contrast, Thedor Adorno and Jacques Derrida view art and aesthetic experience as a medium for the dissolution of nonaesthetic reason, an experientially enacted critique of reason. Art is not only autonomous, following its own law, different from nonaesthetic reason, but sovereign: it subverts the rule of reason.;In this book, Christoph Menke attempts to explain art's sovereign power to subvert reason without falling into an error common to Adorno's negative dialectics and Derrida's deconstruction. The error, which already appeared in Romanticism, is to conceive of the sovereignty of art, as reflecting the superiority of its knowledge. For art entails no knowledge and its negativity towards reason cannot be articulated as an insight into the nature of reason.;Rather, art is the medium of an experience that confronts reason from the outside with an insurmountable, never-ending crisis. Art is sovereign not despite, but because of its autonomy.