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AuthorMatthews, Patricia M. author
TitleThe Significance of Beauty [electronic resource] : Kant on Feeling and the System of the Mind / by Patricia M. Matthews
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1997
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Descript IX, 243 p. online resource


In the Critique of Judgment, Kant argues that feeling is part of the system of the mind. Judgments of taste based on feeling are a unique kind of judgment, and the feeling that is their foundation forms an independent third power of the mind. Feeling has a special role within this system in that it also provides a transition between the other two powers of the mind, cognition and desire. Matthews argues that feeling, our experience of beauty, provides a transition because it orients humans in a sensible world. Judgments of taste help overcome the difficulties that arise when rational cognitive and moral ends must be pursued in a sensible world. Matthews demonstrates how feeling, disassociated from rational activities in Kant's earlier works, is now central in reaching rational ends and understanding humans as unified rational beings. Audience: This book would be of interest to research libraries and university libraries, philosophers, historians and aestheticians


I. Judgments of Taste -- II. Cognition and Feeling -- III. Taste and Desire -- IV. Orienting Rational Beings in a Sensible World -- V. The System of the Powers of the Mind -- Conclusion -- Notes

History Aesthetics Philosophy and science History History general Aesthetics Philosophy of Science


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