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Kant's Metaphysic of Beauty

J. N. Findlay

in Kant and the Transcendental Object

Published in print August 1981 | ISBN: 9780198246381
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246381.003.0010
Kant's Metaphysic of Beauty

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This chapter deals with Kant's transcendental doctrine of the aesthetic judgement, or the judgement of taste, in which transcendental objectivity plays an obscure but all-important part that helps gather together Kant's whole thought regarding the relation of the phenomenal to the noumenal. Judgement for Kant has a reflexive as well as a determining role: in the latter capacity, it brings phenomenally given instances under appropriate general concepts that they plainly exemplify; in the former, it brings such instances under notions that it is only more or less as if they exemplified, and which perhaps, as notions, involve such obscurities, that it is not quite clear whether they deserve to be treated as concepts at all.

Keywords: aesthetic judgement; taste; transcendental objectivity; Critique of Judgement

Chapter.  9415 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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