Kant and the Harmony of the Faculties: A Non-cognitive Interpretation

Kumar, Apaar (2018) Kant and the Harmony of the Faculties: A Non-cognitive Interpretation. Kantian Review, 23 (1). pp. 1-26.

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Kant interpreters are divided on the question of whether determinate cognition plays a role in the harmony of the faculties in aesthetic judgement. I provide a ‘non-cognitive’ interpretation that allows Kant’s statements regarding judgements of natural beauty to cohere such that determinate cognition need not be taken to perform any role in such judgements. I argue that, in aesthetic harmony, judgement privileges the free activity of the imagination over the cognizing function of the understanding for the purpose of unifying the object, although the free imagination cannot violate the obscure concepts and principles of ordinary common sense.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Natural beauty, aesthetic judgement, free imagination, understanding, cognition in general, harmony of the faculties
Subjects: Humanities > MCPH Manipal
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email lib.mhl@manipal.edu
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 09:37
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2018 09:37
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/150719

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