Kant on Beauty and Biology: An Interpretation of the 'Critique of Judgment'

Kant on Beauty and Biology: An Interpretation of the 'Critique of Judgment'

by Rachel Zuckert
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521865891

ISBN-13: 9780521865890

Pub. Date: 09/17/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Kant's Critique of Judgment has often been interpreted by scholars as comprising separate treatments of three uneasily connected topics: beauty, biology, and empirical knowledge. Rachel Zuckert's book is the first to interpret the Critique as a unified argument concerning all three domains. She argues that, on Kant's view, human beings demonstrate a distinctive…  See more details below

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Kant's Critique of Judgment has often been interpreted by scholars as comprising separate treatments of three uneasily connected topics: beauty, biology, and empirical knowledge. Rachel Zuckert's book is the first to interpret the Critique as a unified argument concerning all three domains. She argues that, on Kant's view, human beings demonstrate a distinctive cognitive ability in appreciating beauty and understanding organic life: an ability to anticipate a whole that we do not completely understand according to preconceived categories. This ability is necessary, moreover, for human beings to gain knowledge of nature in its empirical character as it is, not as we might assume it to be. Her wide-ranging and original study will be valuable for readers in all areas of Kant's philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521865890
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/17/2007
Series:
Modern European Philosophy Series
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Note on citation     xiii
Introduction     1
The problem: The unity of the diverse     23
Reflective judgment and its principle: Preliminary remarks     64
Teleological judgment     87
The analytic of teleological judgment: Purposive unity is the "highest formal unity"     89
A merely subjective principle: Time and the "peculiarities" of our intellects     130
Aesthetic judgment     171
Introduction to Part II     173
Beautiful objects: Subjectively purposive form     181
Aesthetic pleasure: The feeling of subjective, projective temporality     231
The free harmony of the faculties: Purposiveness as the principle of aesthetic Beurteilung     279
The justification of aesthetic judgment: Purposiveness as the principle of reflective judging     321
Conclusion     36
Bibliography of works cited     388
Index     396

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