XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Art and the Fecundity of Nature

Jeremy Paul Proulx

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Hume
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


I argue that Kant’s theory of genius should be interpreted in the context of the Methodenlehre der teleologischen Urtheilskraft, specifically in the context of Kant’s argument that humankind is no mere link in the chain of natural causes, but rather an active agent in the realization of nature’s ultimate purpose. My argument has a twofold purpose. First, by showing how themes from the Kritik der teleologischen Urtheilskraft are pursued in the Kritik der ästhetischen Urtheilskraft, it interprets the third Kritik as more of a unified whole than is immediately apparent. Second, by mapping the relationship between humankind and nature that Kant intimates in the Methodenlehre der teleologischen Urtheilskraft back onto Kant’s theory of genius, I am able to shed some much-needed light on an important part of Kant’s theory, namely, the mysterious connection that Kant claims to exist between the genius and nature.