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Aesthetic Judgement's Exemplary Exhibition of Cognition

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/9780748621224.003.0008
Aesthetic Judgement's Exemplary Exhibition of Cognition

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The relation in which aesthetic judgement stands to an aesthetic object is exemplary for the openness of thinking that is required in cognitive, moral and political thinking. This chapter examines how exactly aesthetic judgement is exemplary of cognitive synthesis without counting as a species of the latter. How is it that a mode of attention to the world which is not aimed at achieving knowledge, can, nevertheless, illuminate the process of cognition? Drawing on the account of formalism developed earlier, the chapter concludes that aesthetic judgement reveals formation as synthesis in process, taking up the material given and revealing the event of affection as an event. This interpretation thus finally makes sense of Immanuel Kant's claim that his method is one of formal idealism rather than material idealism. Formal idealism is characterised by a dynamic relation between mind and things in the world, their ultimate context.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; aesthetic judgement; aesthetic object; cognition; synthesis; formalism; knowledge; formal idealism; mind; things

Chapter.  14480 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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