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This 2006 quantity explores the connection among Kant's aesthetic thought and his severe epistemology as articulated within the Critique of natural cause and the Critique of the ability of Judgment.

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Accordingly, Kant explicates these judgments by reference to four "moments," which are based on the four category headings: quality, quantity, relation, and modality. ) "Beautiful is what, without a concept [such as the concept of the good], is liked universally" (Ak. 219). This universality is the aesthetic quantity of a judgment of taste (second moment) and is what distinguishes it from judgments about the agreeable. (In logical quantity, a judgment of taste is singular: Ak. ) But this universality is only "subjective": the judgment demands that all subjects give their assent to the judgment.

It had established that they are logically possible; but the Critique of Practical Reason argues that we can cognize them, even if only practically. Thus the second Critique rescues morality and religion, not only from the restrictive conclusions drawn by the first Critique, but above all-once again-from the much more damaging views that made the Critique necessary: dogmatic rationalism and dogmatic empiricism. The dogmatic rationalism of Leibniz and Wolff had tried to derive moral obligation from our alleged knowledge of the supersensible: from God's will as manifested in the perfection of the world, a perfection that we can know through reason although not through the senses.

To perceive beauty is to perceive such perfection by sense (as itself perfected by being made extensively clear); beauty is perfection insofar as we cognize this perfection not rationally and hence distinctly, but by taste. , extensively clear sense perception. Aesthetic pleasure is the result of cognizing perfection by sense as perfected by being made extensively clear. Because perfection (goodness) implies a standard. there are rules of perfection; hence. there are also rules of beauty, which can be derived from the rules of perfection in general.

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