The Significance of Beauty

The Significance of Beauty : Kant on Feeling and the System of the Mind

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In the Critique of Judgment, Kant argues that feeling is part of the system of the mind. Judgments of taste based on feeling are a unique kind of judgment, and the feeling that is their foundation forms an independent third power of the mind. Feeling has a special role within this system in that it also provides a transition between the other two powers of the mind, cognition and desire.
Matthews argues that feeling, our experience of beauty, provides a transition because it orients humans in a sensible world. Judgments of taste help overcome the difficulties that arise when rational cognitive and moral ends must be pursued in a sensible world. Matthews demonstrates how feeling, disassociated from rational activities in Kant's earlier works, is now central in reaching rational ends and understanding humans as unified rational beings.
Audience: This book would be of interest to research libraries and university libraries, philosophers, historians and aestheticians.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 243 pages
  • 162.56 x 241.3 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • IX, 243 p.
  • 0792347641
  • 9780792347644

Table of contents

Introduction. I. Judgments of Taste. II. Cognition and Feeling. III. Taste and Desire. IV. Orienting Rational Beings in a Sensible World. V. The System of the Powers of the Mind. Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
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