By Rebecca Kukla

ISBN-10: 0521862019

ISBN-13: 9780521862011

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 ability of Judgment.

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Indeed, this contingency is an explicit theme in the third Critique, especially in the Introduction. According to Kant, remember, the fact “that the order of nature in its particular laws, although its multiplicity and diversity at least possibly surpass all our power of comprehension, is yet fitted to it, is, as far as we can see, contingent” (CPJ 5:187). And yet, as has been clear since the start of the first Critique, such a fit between the order of the sensible and our powers of comprehension is not merely a nice perk, but is rather essential to the possibility of experience in the first place, since experience involves determining the sensuous through our discursive concepts and comprehending nature as a system through reflective judgment.

However, I hope that I have given enough evidence to support a double claim: First, at the very least, it takes some substantial interpretive work to see how we ought to place the aesthetic within Kant’s larger account of cognition and critical epistemology. Second, if some of Kant’s most interesting arguments are to be taken seriously, then the activity of the sensuous imagination is a precondition for the possibility of any empirical cognition or experience whatsoever, and hence this interpretive task is an indispensable one.

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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