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Beauty and design

in Kant

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780192801999
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192801999.003.0006

Series: Very Short Introductions

Beauty and design

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Kant's writings on religion show an attempt at the systematic demystification of theology. ‘Beauty and design’ analyses Kant's writings on religion and touches upon Kant's aesthetics. An attempt to make the idea of God intelligible through images, and so to place God in the categories of an empirical world, is self-contradictory, Kant believed. If God is a transcendental being, then there is nothing to be said of him from our point of view except that he transcends it. The worship due to God becomes reverence and devotion for the moral law. The faith that transcends belief becomes the certainty of practical reason that surpasses understanding. Aesthetic judgement contains a conflict: it cannot be aesthetic (an expression of subjective experience) and also a judgement (claiming universal assent).

Keywords: aesthetics; Beauty; Edmund Burke; imagination; John Milton; Plato; Richard; science

Chapter.  5049 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy ; 17th - 18th Century Philosophy ; Christianity ; Political Theory

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