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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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Aesthetic Judging and the Intentionality of Pleasure

Aesthetic Judging and the Intentionality of Pleasure

(p.94) Essay 4 Aesthetic Judging and the Intentionality of Pleasure
The Normativity of Nature

Hannah Ginsborg

Oxford University Press

This essay discusses Henry Allison’s Kant’s Theory of Taste, defending aspects of the view of Kant’s aesthetics presented earlier in the book. Allison rejects Guyer’s claim that pleasure in the beautiful is ‘opaque’, understanding it as endowed with intentional content. But he denies that pleasure should be identified with the judgement of beauty, agreeing with Guyer that free play of the faculties and the resulting pleasure precede the judgement of beauty through which the pleasure is claimed to be universally valid. The essay argues that these two elements of Allison’s approach are in tension with each other: if the pleasure is representational, then it is already a state in which the object is judged to be beautiful. The essay also addresses some objections raised by Allison against the interpretation of Kant’s aesthetics presented in this book, in particular that it fails to accommodate negative judgements of beauty: the non-beautiful and the ugly.

Keywords:   aesthetic judgement, Henry Allison, intentionality, pleasure, ugliness

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