XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

“All Beauty Consists in Presentation.” Beauty as a Symbol and the Deduction of Judgments of Taste

Alexander Rueger

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Locke
Data: 24 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


Starting from the assumption that the free play of the faculties in Kant’s theory of taste is equivalent with the mental activity in which we engage when we contemplate an ‘aesthetic idea’, I give an interpretation of the claim that (natural) beauty is the ‘presentation’ of the concept of the systematicity of nature (AA 5: 193). Since this concept is indeterminate, the mode of presentation has to be symbolic in the sense Kant explicates at the end of the aesthetic part of the third Critique. If (natural) beauty is the symbol of systematicity, the problem arises of how to understand the deduction of pure judgments of taste in § 38 in the light of this interpretation. I suggest a reading of the argument of the deduction and discuss its advantages, especially with respect to other interpretations that see the deduction completed in Kant’s doctrine of beauty as the symbol of morality.