XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Schematizing without a Concept? Imagine That!

Keren Gorodeisky

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Diderot
Data: 22 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 16 maggio 2010


The aim of this paper is to elucidate the free but lawful activity of the imagination in judgments of beauty. I argue that the aesthetic activity of the imagination differs in kind from the theoretical activity of the imagination because of what is required in order to unify the forms of beautiful objects, to attribute necessity to them, and by so doing to be adequate to their special value as beautiful objects. In order to achieve this adequacy the imagination must, first, unify every beautiful object in a “holistic” and “singular” manner and not in the “compositional” and “general” manner that it employs in theoretical judgments, and second attribute to it “singular” rather than “general” necessity.Moreover, rather than schematizing any specific concept, in aesthetic judgment the imagination schematizes the lawfulness of the understanding in general. I hold that this kind of schematization is necessary if the aesthetic judge is to be a judging subject.