The Pure Judgement of Taste as an Aesthetic Reflective Judgement
This chapter engages with what is perhaps the most important issue in Kant's aesthetics. This concerns his attempt to effect a deduction of pure judgements of taste, i.e., judgements of so-called free beauty, by means of a certain doctrine about the free and harmonious play of the faculties of the imagination and understanding claimed to be at work in such judgements. For Kant's deduction to go through, his theory of perception must be well-conceived and this crucial doctrine derivable from it. The question is what this doctrine amounts to. There is no consensus as to how it should be understood and the chapter is concerned to identify the most plausible interpretation of the doctrine. It rejects a number of interpretations that have been put forward and offers a new interpretation.
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