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A refreshing approach to the study of major Western philosophers. Introductory essays by noted scholars enliven each volume with insights into the human side of the great thinkers, and provide authoritative discussions of the historical background, evolution, and importance of their ideas. Highly recommended as stimulating classroom texts.
Paperback, 380 pages
Published 1974 by Hafner Press/Macmillan (NY) (first published 1790)
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Yann


Cette dernière critique du célèbre philosophe prussien du XVIIIème siècle aborde deux thèmes : d’une part la question du jugement esthétique, d’autre part celle de la téléologie.

Sa première critique (Critique de la raison pure) avait pour objet la métaphysique : il justifiait d’en faire l’objet d’une étude malgré les coups sévères que lui avaient porté l’empirisme en établissant une curieuse distinction psychologique entre jugement a priori et a posteriori (c'est-à-dire influé ou non par la sen...more
Erik Graff
Oct 30, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone whose read the 1st two Critiques
Recommended to Erik by: Cornel West, Barry Ulanov
Shelves: philosophy
I've previously reviewed both The Critique of Pure Reason and The Critique of Practical Reason, describing some of the reasons why the reading of the three critiques led to what might be called a conversion experience--or perhaps an intellectual mystical or jnana experience.

For one who has sedulously studied Kant, the third critique is a kind of capstone as it brings a lot of loose threads of his arguments together in a rather ecstatically inspiring manner. I certainly experienced a kind of inte...more
Leonard Houx
Isn't this, like, one of the most important books on philosophical aesthetics or something? No one told me that Kant actually tries to tell jokes in it (most of it is not jokes, though, and even the jokes aren't really that funny).

I feel like for me to rate this book would be ridiculous, so I am not doing that.
Michael
I haven't read the entire book (only selections for a class), but I had a lot of trouble with the translation, so I read it in parallel with the Guyer-Matthews translation from CUP. The Cambridge edition was significantly easier for me to understand, and I noticed that it was much truer to Kant's punctuation after I noticed some discrepancies and appealed to the German to break the tie. I don't know how important that is, or how close the translation is to the original in other respects (the onl...more
Elena
Forse le idee che hanno piu' senso in assoluto quando si cerca di definire un concetto tanto astratto quanto quello della "bellezza". Certo che si fa una fatica per capirci qualcosa, e per ritenerlo in testa, senza doverci ritornare di tanto in tanto per rinfrescarsi la memoria.
The Hermit
Dear Kant, thanks for including a couple of jokes in the Critique of Judgement.
Steven Felicelli
the book I most respect and least enjoyed reading
Jesse
The so-called "Appendix to the Transcendental Dialectic" in the 1st Critique revealed that the ideas of reason may be employed immanently, though not transcendentally; which is to say that the three possible kinds of major premises in syllogistic reasoning, derived from the categories of relation (substance/causality/community), and which result in the three transcendental Ideas (soul/world/God), have an empirical application in the investigation of nature, as the laws of homogeneity, of specifi...more
Kenneth
Characteristic of the mode of thought in the Enlightenment is the disinterested reason of Immanuel Kant. Reason disengaged from desire is the very definition of the hyper-rationalist German philosophy of the Kantian world-view. Kant’s influence, however, is not separable entirely from the zeitgeist behind the period’s radical break with prior history. After the dust settled from upheavals that popularly advocated Enlightenment ideals or the revolutions fought on behalf of various Enlightenment i...more
Joe
Comment:

Kant’s (3rd) Critique of Judgment has always seemed a duality to me. On the one hand you have the section on aesthetics while on the other hand you have the section on teleology. How do they hang together? Is the section on teleology really the ‘4th’ critique? …But what if this last, the search for intelligibility, meaning, purpose, was to be taken seriously? Wouldn’t it threaten to swallow all the other Critiques? The search for intelligibility and purpose becomes, inevitably becomes, t...more
Boris
After reading it three times, and making a primer of it, just because of pleasure, I still think there is no other major work in western tradition dealing with the very essence of art and its nature, which is FREEDOM, even in spite of moral considerations. Kant is always complex, but it is worth making the effort: the reward is priceless.
Pavel
My encounter with the last Kant's Critique was rather casual. I started it as supplementary reading to Truth and Method, but it soon turned out to be a real gem. It is typical Kant - precise, pedantic, with insurmountable half page long sentences, but also with unbeatable ability to grasp roots of philosophical problems. In this work, I must give him one more credit - ability to incorporate something so intractable as beauty, taste and teleology in nature to his system. And Kant outdoes himself,...more
Maryanne
Dense and difficult. This was my second reading a year. The second time was much easier but you can really get lost. Since Kant is considered one of the formost modern thinkers his writing is an essential component in the development of any sort of continuance of a coherent extension of the philosophical project. He revolutionized the notion of taste and aesthetics as a methodology, an organized system of judgement and a hierarchical canon of perception. His distance from the art object sets him...more
Brandon
Whew!

Requires girding the mental loins and getting the grey matter in gear. Worth it.
Michael
I would have thought this had been put on my list much earlier. Oh Well. this ithe text that would have driven my dissertation, had I written it. Kant's theory of aesthetic judgment and teleology is an incredibly useful examination of the faculty of judgment in general and the theory of aesthetic response. Kant is highly influential and anticipates a lot of what we think about in contemporary art theory, particularly as it pertains to assessing art and beauty without specific rules, or more appr...more
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Aeisele
Dec 06, 2007 Aeisele rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Art historians
Shelves: philosophy
This is probably my favorite of Kant's three critiques (Pure and Practical Reason being the other two). However, when it comes to reading Kant, saying "favorite" is not quite right: he was such a bad writer, and such a brilliant thinker, its hard to deal with some times.
In any case, this is very interesting because he looks at judgment as a reflective action, both concerning objects of art that are beautiful or sublime, and teleological reflection in nature.
Iben
How do you rate Kant? How do you rate something you were just barely able to understand? Should I give it 5 stars because it's a classic philosophical text? Should I give it 3 stars because I honestly found it annoyingly repetitious at times?

4 seems like a happy medium.
Ben Kearvell
It's all in your mind, basically. This book works pretty much as a supplement to the Critique of Pure Reason. Judgment regulates understanding. I could get technical but whatevs. I enjoyed it. Kant spent a lot of time on this stuff. He doesn't need me to explain it.
Jaeyde
Aug 02, 2008 Jaeyde rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jaeyde by: Paul Guyer - Art & Philosophy - UPenn
Kant is hella difficult to read.

read PART of this for a class. a class taught by the same guy who edited and was lead translator for this edition of the book. basically, the class was only *SLIGHTLY* more intelligible than the book.
Jill
I KANT understand a lot of the stuff in this book! HA!
What I did get, I liked though- Kants dismissal of Plato's divine type is something I agree with...
you only know what you know, why waste time with catagorizing, you know?
Richard
Jan 25, 2010 Richard marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Trevor
(In the unlikely event I find the time and incentive to read Kant, Trevor has declared this book is marginally approachable.)
Kate
Though I've only read selections, I found Kant engaging and far easier to understand than Hegel's "summary" of Kant. Outlines a good method for approaching a work of art without baggage.
Cary Aurand
This contains some potentially radical ideas regarding the nature of subjectivity and beauty. Also, it's one of the most important/influential texts in continental philosophy.
Anja17109
Very good to read. It's like reading Shakespear. First you understand nothing, but as more you read the easier it is to understand. Good book for studies!
Nicholas
Currently reading although thoroughly and for a second time. Give it some time and it will amaze you what begins to present itself.
Karina Jade
The parts on Fine Art were really all that interested me and that I actually enjoyed! Of cours eit a typical Kant though!
Irina Mladenovic
This contains some potentially radical ideas regarding the nature of subjectivity and beauty.I enjoy reeding.
okei
Jul 13, 2012 okei marked it as to-read-more  ·  review of another edition
I reserve judgment, lol. Beauty & Purpose are in the eyes of the beholder, but they are also universal.
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Immanuel Kant was an 18th-century philosopher from the Prussian city of Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia). He's regarded as one of the most influential thinkers of modern Europe & of the late Enlightenment. His most important work is The Critique of Pure Reason, an investigation of reason itself. It encompasses an attack on traditional metaphysics & epistemology, & highlights his ow...more
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