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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Kant on Beauty and Biology: An Interpretation of the 'Critique of Judgment'

Kant on Beauty and Biology: An Interpretation of the 'Critique of Judgment'
(Modern European Philosophy)
by Rachel Zuckert

# Hardcover: 424 pages
# Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 17, 2007)

Kant's Critique of Judgment has often been interpreted by scholars as comprising separate treatments of three uneasily connected topics: beauty, biology, and empirical knowledge. Rachel Zuckert's book is the first to interpret the Critique as a unified argument concerning all three domains. She argues that on Kant's view, human beings demonstrate a distinctive cognitive ability in appreciating beauty and understanding organic life: an ability to anticipate a whole that we do not completely understand according to preconceived categories. This ability is necessary, moreover, for human beings to gain knowledge of nature in its empirical character as it is, not as we might assume it to be. Her wide-ranging and original study will be valuable for readers in all areas of Kant's philosophy.


jprapp said...

Thanks for holding up Zuckert’s book. Sounds hypercomplex. If you’ve read it, does she deal with aesthetic "deception" in the natural world?

Cheers, Jim

renc-u-ana said...

sorrily I haven't read this piece yet

but this deception argued well -in a more ontological manner- in Heidegger's "introduction to phenomenological research"