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

By Rebecca Kukla

This 2006 quantity explores the connection among Kant's aesthetic thought and his serious epistemology as articulated within the Critique of natural cause and the Critique of the facility of Judgment. The essays, written in particular for this quantity, discover center parts of Kant's epistemology, reminiscent of his notions of discursive figuring out, adventure, and goal judgment. in addition they reveal a wealthy snatch of Kant's serious epistemology that allows a deeper knowing of his aesthetics. jointly, the essays exhibit that Kant's severe venture, and the dialectics of aesthetics and cognition inside it, continues to be correct to modern debates in epistemology, philosophy of brain, and the character of expertise and objectivity. The e-book additionally yields vital classes concerning the ineliminable, but not easy position of mind's eye, sensibility and aesthetic adventure in notion and cognition.

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The three essays are successively far-reaching in their claim that proper deference to the third Critique requires us to rethink the first. Rudolf Makkreel portrays Kant’s account of reflective judgment and creativity as a substantial deviation from his picture of reflection and determination in the first Critique. Kirk Pillow argues that these same parts of the third Critique ought to have driven Kant to revise his account of the discursive understanding altogether. And John McCumber argues that the critical project can survive Kant’s mature insights into reflective judgment and its relationship to the sensus communis only through a radical transformation of its governing ideals.

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.

For Zinkin, the demand for universal agreement is nothing less than the claim to participation in the human community. She writes, When I claim that something is beautiful, . . it is not that I require others to line up and vote the same way as I do. Rather, I demand that they share my feeling of pleasure in the object. Indeed, I do not think that my judgment should count as Introduction 27 a judgment of taste unless I believe everyone ought to agree with me. And if I do make such a claim and others disagree with me, I don’t merely feel a difference between us, but alienated from an important aspect of humanity, namely, a shared sensibility.

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