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The Critique of Judgment (Great Books in Philosophy)

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Considered by Kant to be the culmination of his critical philosophy, "The Critique of Judgement" was the last work in the trilogy begun with "The Critique of Pure Reason" and continued with "The Critique of Practical Reason". In this work Kant seeks to establish the a priori principles underlying the faculty of judgement, just as he did in his previous analyses of pure and practical reason. The first part deals with the subject of our aesthetic sensibility; we respond to certain natural phenomena as beautiful, says Kant, when we recognise in nature a harmonious order that satisfies the mind's own need for order. The second half of the critique concentrates on the apparent teleology in nature's design of organisms, i.e., organisms display a complex inter-working of parts, which are subordinated as means to serve the purpose of the whole. All of this suggests, concludes Kant, that our minds are inclined to attribute a final purpose to nature's design and to life as a whole. This natural tendency to see purpose in nature is the main principle underlying all of our judgements. Although this might imply a super-sensible Designer behind nature and a theistic interpretation of the world, in the final analysis Kant maintains an agnostic stance. Ever the objective philosopher he insists that though we are predisposed to read design and purpose into nature, we cannot therefore prove a supernatural dimension or the existence of God. Such considerations are beyond reason and are solely the province of faith.

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ISBN:
9781573928373
Translator:
Bernard, J. H.
Author:
Bernard, J. H.
Author:
Kant, Immanuel
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Amherst, N.Y.
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Theology - General
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Aesthetics
Subject:
Judgment
Subject:
Teleology
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - General
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Judgment (logic)
Subject:
Judgment (Aesthetics)
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
philosophy;aesthetics;kant;non-fiction;epistemology;18th century;german;judgment;beauty;enlightenment;german idealism;political theory;ethics;teleology;criticism;modern;modern philosophy;german philosophy;metaphysics;theory
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Series Volume:
v. 51(5)
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.34x5.42x.99 in. 1.21 lbs.

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