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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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The Pleasure of Judgement: Kant and the Possibility of Taste

The Pleasure of Judgement: Kant and the Possibility of Taste

(p.111) Essay 5 The Pleasure of Judgement: Kant and the Possibility of Taste
The Normativity of Nature

Hannah Ginsborg

Oxford University Press

This essay is intended to be accessible to readers without specialized knowledge of Kant. It presents an overview of Kant’s theory of the beautiful, with a particular focus on the Deduction of Taste. In this argument, which is generally taken to be unsuccessful, Kant attempts to show that a judgement of beauty, in spite of being based solely on a subject’s personal response to an object, can legitimately demand universal agreement. The essay interprets and defends Kant’s argument by appeal to ideas partly drawn from the rule-following considerations in Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, in particular the idea of shared natural reactive dispositions. In doing so, it tries to show that Kant’s argument is of significance not just for aesthetic judgement, but also for the understanding of cognition generally.

Keywords:   aesthetic judgement, cognition, Deduction of Taste, pleasure, rule-following, Wittgenstein

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