This new, thoroughly revised and re-written version of Aesthetics and subjectivity brings brand new the unique book's account of the trail of German philosophy from Kant, through Fichte and Holderlin, the early Romantis, Schelling, Hegel, Schleimacher, to Nietzsche, in view of contemporary old study and modern arguments in philosophy and thought within the humanities.
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Kant’s text may seem initially far from such wider concerns, but attention to the detail of his conception can show that it is not. The basis of the third Critique, the ‘power of judgement’ – Urteilskraft – is the synthesising capacity which connects the particular to the general. This can happen in two ways. The ﬁrst is when the understanding subsumes the particular intuition under a general category or concept. Kant terms this ‘determinant’ or ‘determining’ judgement. The law exists prior to the individual case and is to be applied to it.
However, the purpose of the subject’s syntheses could not be established in the terms of the understanding. The ‘spontaneity’ which produced the syntheses takes one beyond the syntheses to the founding principle of our capacity for cognition. If we were to have philosophical access to this principle we would know the value of knowledge. The second Critique introduced a further spontaneity, which again pointed, beyond anything we can know, to a higher purpose than can be described in terms of a nature legislated by the understanding: why is it that we can contradict natural causation in ourselves in the name of ‘ideas’ and Modern philosophy and aesthetic theory 29 of the moral law?
43). The intelligence Kant thinks he can describe constitutes the objective truth, not the existence, of the object, via the use of its synthetic powers in relation to the appearing spatio-temporal world. However, the truth of the subject is not adequately articulated in such an account. The highest cognitive point of philosophy cannot know itself, even if it must assume the necessity of its own existence. 9 Empirical propositions require intuitions if what they express is to be real, but what kind of intuition does the I have of itself?
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