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Empirical Systematicity and its Relation to Aesthetic Judgement

Fiona Hughes

in Kant's Aesthetic Epistemology

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780748621224
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621224.003.0007
Empirical Systematicity and its Relation to Aesthetic Judgement

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Immanuel Kant makes no mention of any principle of aesthetic judgement other than taste. In the Critique of Aesthetic Judgement, he introduces the principle of the purposiveness of nature. Kant suggests that the ‘Analytic of Aesthetic Judgement’ will serve as an exposition and deduction of this principle, indicating that taste is grounded in the principle for empirical systematicity. Although reflective judgement has often been viewed as an optional supplement to Kant's account of determining judgement, this chapter argues that it is necessary for the completion of the latter's task of establishing the possibility of empirical knowledge. Kant often characterises the principle of the purposiveness of nature as identical to the presupposition that there is systematicity across the range of empirical laws. Judgement is the faculty that allows sensibility to be taken up by the understanding. It is thus that judgement makes possible a relation between subjectivity and objects in the world. Finally, the chapter examines Kant's problematic claim that the ‘Analytic of Aesthetic Judgement’ will provide an exposition, and even a deduction, of the purposiveness of nature.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; taste; aesthetic judgement; critique; purposiveness of nature; empirical systematicity; knowledge; empirical laws; subjectivity; objects

Chapter.  12235 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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