Kants Aesthetics Essay

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Kant’s Aesthetics Immanuel Kant is an 18th century German philosopher whose work initated dramatic changes in the fields of epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, aesthetics, and teleology. Like many Enlightenment thinkers, he holds our mental faculty of reason in high esteem; he believes that it is our reason that invests the world we experience with structure. In his works on aesthetics and teleology, he argues that it is our faculty of judgment that enables us to have experience of beauty and grasp those experiences as part of an ordered, natural world with purpose. After the Introduction, each of the above sections commences with a summary. These will give the reader an idea of what topics are discussed in more detail in each section. They can also be read together to form a brief bird’s-eye-view of Kant’s theory of aesthetics and teleology. Table of Contents * Introduction * Kant’s Life and Works * The Central Problems of the Critique of Judgment * Kant’s Aesthetics * The Judgment of the Beautiful * The Deduction of Taste * The Sublime * Fine Art and Genius * Idealism, Morality and the Supersensible * Kant’s Teleology * Objective Purposiveness and Science * ‘The Peculiarity of the Human Understanding’ * The Final Purpose and Kant’s Moral Argument for the Existence of God * The Problem of the Unity of Philosophy and its Supersensible Objects * References and Further Reading * Works by Kant * Other Primary and Secondary Works 1. Introduction a. Kant’s Life and Works Immanuel Kant is often said to have been the greatest philosopher since the Greeks. Certainly, he dominates the last two hundred years in the sense that – although few philosophers today are strictly speaking Kantians – his influence is everywhere. Moreover, that
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