Pure Aesthetic Judgement: A Harmony of Imagination and Understanding

Paul Crowther

in The Kantian Aesthetic

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579976
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722615 | DOI:
Pure Aesthetic Judgement: A Harmony of Imagination and Understanding

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This chapter expounds on and critically revises Kant's general criterion of the aesthetic. It then offers a similar strategy in relation to the key features in his account of the pure aesthetic judgement, namely, disinterestedness, subjective finality, and the harmony of imagination and understanding. Working from these revisions, a detailed phenomenology of beautiful form is offered. This account emphasizes the temporal dimension of the pure aesthetic judgement in a more consistent way than Kant does himself. Particular emphasis is given to the role of the categories and transcendental schemata in the pure aesthetic judgement, and its role in the ontogenesis of experience. It is argued that such judgement is an open-ended variety of what might be called the emergent judgement of reflection.

Keywords: pure aesthetic judgement; disinterestedness; subjective finality; beautiful form; transcendental schemata; ontogenesis of experience

Chapter.  12860 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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