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The Normativity of NatureEssays on Kant's Critique of Judgement$
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Hannah Ginsborg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547975.001.0001

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On the Key to Kant’s Critique of Taste

On the Key to Kant’s Critique of Taste

(p.32) Essay 2 On the Key to Kant’s Critique of Taste
The Normativity of Nature

Hannah Ginsborg

Oxford University Press

This essay addresses Kant’s notorious claim at §9 of the Critique of Judgement that, in a judgement of beauty, the judging precedes the feeling of pleasure in a beautiful object, rather than being consequent on it. This claim creates a conflict with Kant’s suggestions elsewhere that the relation between pleasure and judgement is the other way around. Paul Guyer resolves the apparent conflict by taking Kant to distinguish two acts of judging involved in the making of a judgement of beauty. The essay argues against the two-acts view, proposing instead that we construe the act of judging and the feeling of pleasure as identical. For a subject to judge an object to be beautiful is for the object to cause a state of mind in the subject that incorporates a claim to its own universal validity with respect to the object.

Keywords:   judgement of beauty, Paul Guyer, pleasure, two-acts view

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