Aesthetics and cognition in Kant's critical philosophy by Rebecca Kukla

By Rebecca Kukla

This 2006 quantity explores the connection among Kant's aesthetic concept and his severe epistemology as articulated within the Critique of natural cause and the Critique of the facility of Judgment. The essays, written specifically for this quantity, discover middle components of Kant's epistemology, akin to his notions of discursive realizing, adventure, and aim judgment. additionally they reveal a wealthy snatch of Kant's severe epistemology that permits a deeper knowing of his aesthetics. jointly, the essays display that Kant's serious venture, and the dialectics of aesthetics and cognition inside of it, remains to be suitable to modern debates in epistemology, philosophy of brain, and the character of expertise and objectivity. The ebook additionally yields vital classes concerning the ineliminable, but difficult position of mind's eye, sensibility and aesthetic adventure in belief and cognition.

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One question is whether the judgment of universal communicability is somehow part of, or instead comes after, the free, harmonious play of the faculties; Guyer has tenaciously defended the second view, and others, including Hannah Ginsborg, have defended versions of the first. Another question concerns the normative status of this demand – is it more like an expectation of agreement or a prescriptive request for agreement? I think that considerable confusion has arisen because commentators have tried to somehow fit the demand for universality, whatever its normative voice, into the content of the judgment of taste.

Specifically, Kant holds, the synthesis of imagination proceeds according to rules or schemata, some of which are a priori and some of which are empirical. It is in virtue of the a priori rules that our intuitions come to represent an objective world of causally interacting substances standing 5 I will be defending this claim only for empirical concepts, although I believe that it holds also for the pure concepts of the understanding. 38 Hannah Ginsborg in spatiotemporal relations to one another.

4. contingency, mastery, suppression Regardless of whether we decide, upon careful reading and reflection, to settle on some version of interpretive option 2, 3 or 4 above, it is worth seeing why the picture of the aesthetic that emerges slowly over the course of the critical writings should pose at least a prima facie challenge for the project of critical epistemology, as Kant laid it out at the start of the first Critique. Recall that in a crucial sense, the mastery of the understanding over its proper, circumscribed domain was the driving goal of the critical epistemology.

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