Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment: Critical Essays (Critical Essays on the Classics Series)

Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment: Critical Essays (Critical Essays on the Classics Series)

Language: English

Pages: 282

ISBN: B00EMLDQ4U

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Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment, first published in 1790, was the last of the great philosopher's three critiques, following on the heels of Critique of Pure Reason (1781) and Critique of Practical Reason (1788). In the first two, Kant dealt with metaphysics and morality; in the third, Kant turns to the aesthetic dimension of human experience, showing how our experiences of natural and artistic beauty, the sublime magnitude and might of nature, and of purposive organisms and ecological systems gives us palpable evidece that it is possible for us not only to form moral intentions, but also to realize our freely chosen moral goals within nature as we experience it. The present volume collects twelve of the most important critical discussions on the Critique of the Power of Judgment written by leading Kant scholars and aestheticians from the United States and Great Britain. In addition to a substantive introduction by the editor, the book includes an extensive, annotated bibliography of the most important work on Kant and on the background and arguments of his third Critique published throughout the twentieth century.

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Kant's CRITIQUE OF THE POWER OF JUDGMENT Critical Essays Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment Critical Essays on the Classics Series Editor: Steven M. Cahn The volumes in this new series offer insightful and accessible essays that shed light on the classics of philosophy. Each of the distinguished editors has selected outstanding work in recent scholarship to provide today's readers with a deepened understanding of the most timely issues raised in these important texts. Kant's Critique

are employed in our conscious reflection on our experience of inner states or outer objects, that is, reflection undertaken as part of the process of realizing the goal of systematization. I will now offer some documentation and brief discussion of these three features of regulative principles, drawing primarily on the Critique of Pure Reason, before showing how the five types of reflecting judgment expounded in the Critique of the Power ofJudgment can be understood in terms of these features.

Critique of Judgment is considered a part of Kant's mature philosophical anthropology (as I have suggested in "Moral Anthropology in Kant's Aesthetics and Ethics," Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 [1995]: 379-91), then the deduction of aesthetic judgment may be more compelling than I initially allowed. 16. For a fuller treatment of this issue, see Kant and the Claims of Taste, ch. 4. 17. Jasche includes the same three requirements as "universal rules and conditions for avoiding error"

and of the moral law and its basis in the freedom of the will in the second. With a few notable exceptions {such as Archibald Alison, who first published his Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste s in the 'same year as Kant's Critique ofthe Power of Judgment), eighteenth-century thinkers were far more committed to the supposition of the universal validity of such judgmentsthan recent writers have been, but the success of Kant's deduction is questionable. Because so much of the interest of

way (CPJ, §29, 5:269). In its empirical use, the imagination renders our feeling of well-being dependent on our physical state, on what is "nature" within us, and so as dependent on nature outside us. But the imagination is also an instrument of reason, and as such allows us to regard ourselves as being independent of and superior to nature. In 140 MalcolmBudd the experience of the sublime, imagination in its first role feels sacrificed (to reason), so that there is a momentary inhibition of

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