XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Aesthetic Judgment and the Completion of Kant's Critical System

Lara Ostaric

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Verri
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


Kant saw his philosophy as the completion of metaphysics understood as the transition from the sensible to the super-sensible. His third Critique was to have a special role with respect to this task because this work brings his “entire critical enterprise to an end.” Occurrences of beauty in nature, like that of nature’s systematicity, connect the sensible and the super-sensible because they serve as signs that the highest good may be possible. However, Kant claims that aesthetic judgment has an “essential” role within his third Critique. In contrast to both the proto-Hegelian and the cognitivist interpretations of the aesthetic judgment’s “free play,” I argue that more emphasis should be put on the contingency of aesthetic experience and imagination’s unusual practical, and non-cognitive, function of connecting sensible to the super-sensible.