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Fiona Hughes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748621224

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621224.001.0001

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Empirical Systematicity and its Relation to Aesthetic Judgement

Empirical Systematicity and its Relation to Aesthetic Judgement

(p.248) 7 Empirical Systematicity and its Relation to Aesthetic Judgement
Kant's Aesthetic Epistemology

Fiona Hughes

Edinburgh University Press

Immanuel Kant makes no mention of any principle of aesthetic judgement other than taste. In the Critique of Aesthetic Judgement, he introduces the principle of the purposiveness of nature. Kant suggests that the ‘Analytic of Aesthetic Judgement’ will serve as an exposition and deduction of this principle, indicating that taste is grounded in the principle for empirical systematicity. Although reflective judgement has often been viewed as an optional supplement to Kant's account of determining judgement, this chapter argues that it is necessary for the completion of the latter's task of establishing the possibility of empirical knowledge. Kant often characterises the principle of the purposiveness of nature as identical to the presupposition that there is systematicity across the range of empirical laws. Judgement is the faculty that allows sensibility to be taken up by the understanding. It is thus that judgement makes possible a relation between subjectivity and objects in the world. Finally, the chapter examines Kant's problematic claim that the ‘Analytic of Aesthetic Judgement’ will provide an exposition, and even a deduction, of the purposiveness of nature.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, taste, aesthetic judgement, critique, purposiveness of nature, empirical systematicity, knowledge, empirical laws, subjectivity, objects

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