This book argues that Immanuel Kant, in his Critique of Aesthetic Judgement, came to the conclusion that a harmonious combination of mental capacities, characteristic of aesthetic judgement, allows for a reflection on a more general cooperation necessary for any experience whatsoever. Aesthetics or the philosophy of the arts is practised seriously and to great local effect, but there is little confidence that aesthetics is anything more than a regional activity, secondary to the more essential sub-disciplines of epistemology, philosophy of mind, and moral philosophy. This book uses the term ‘aesthetic’ in two senses. The first sense is the common one of a pleasurable experience arising from the senses – be the event artistic or natural – and giving rise to a judgement of taste. The second marks the status of knowledge from Kant's point of view.
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