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The Supersensible in Kant’s «Critique of Judgment»


Julie N. Books

In this close analysis of Immanuel Kant’s aesthetics in his Critique of Judgment, Dr. Julie N. Books, explains why Kant fails to provide a convincing basis for his desired necessity and universality of our aesthetic judgments about beauty. Drawing upon her extensive background in the visual arts, art history, and philosophy, Dr. Books provides a unique discussion of Kant’s supersensible, illuminating how it cannot justify his a priori nature of our aesthetic judgments about beauty. She uses examples from the history of art, including paintings by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rubens, and Constable, to support her views. This book will make a significant addition to courses on the philosophy of Kant, aesthetics, philosophy of art, metaphysics, the history of Western philosophy, ethics, psychology, and art history.
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1. Norman Kemp Smith, trans. Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (New York: St. Martin’s, 1929), 41.

2. Ibid., 113. These categories, Kant says, reflect Aristotle’s Categories.

3. Ibid., 126.

4. Ibid., 111.

5. Ibid., 131.

6. Ibid., 67.

7. Ibid., 77.

8. Ibid., 131.

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