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Critique of Judgement (World's Classics)

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'Beauty has purport & significance only for human beings, for beings at once animal & rational' The Critique of Judgement offers a penetrating analysis of our experience of the beautiful & the sublime, discussing the objectivity of taste, aesthetic disinterestedness, the relation of art & nature, the role of imagination, genius & originality, the limits ...more
Paperback, 405 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1790)
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Erik Graff
Nov 18, 2015 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  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

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
حازم جوهر
Nov 27, 2013 حازم جوهر rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب الثاني الذي الذي أقرأه لهذا الفيلسوف الكبير ، كنت كلما أردت أن أقرأ له أتهيب ذلك ؛ لعلمي بعمقه و فلسفته و صعوبة أسلوبه التي تحتاج شخصا قد تعمق كثيراً في الفلسفة ، و لكني مع ذلك خضت هذا البحر و أنا لا أتقن السباحة جيدا ، قرائتي لهذا الكتاب و الكتاب الذي قبله قد استغرقت مني وقتا طويلا لأنني عهدت على نفسي أن لا أنهي قرائته حتى أفهمه كله ، و هذا تطلب مني الكثير من البحث و القراءة ، و هذا ما دفعني لكي أقرأ أكثر من كتاب مع هذا الكتاب ، حتى استطعت أن أفهمه أو قاربت ذلك إن صحت العبارة ، كتاب ...more
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
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.
Steven Felicelli
the book I most respect and least enjoyed reading
Feb 17, 2016 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't have the time to read ALL of this. Got through half (study related). Fucking awesome, even though the process initially was like hitting your head repeatedly with a brick. The bloke has neither poetry nor humour. He does, however, have very rich ideas, and it's worth reading because of that
paņēmu to, ko vajadzēja paņemt - 20 lappuses no Kanta. skaisti filozofiski apraksta gaumi un skaistumu, bet pārāk sarežğīti manām nefilozofiskajām smadzenēm.
Aug 31, 2015 Mar_yamane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
اولاش اذیت کرد. مثل دو تا نقد دیگهی کانت. ولی باهاش که راه بیای، اصطلاحاش که دستت بیاد، عاشق اینم میشی. مثل اون دو تا نقد دیگهی کانت.
البته اینجا کانت خیلی لطیفتر از کانتیه که توی نقد عقل محض میبینیم. ناسلامتی داره از زیباییشناسی حرف میزنی.
از بهترین کتابدرسیهایی بود که خوندم و فقط خدا میدونه اگه کانت اینو ننوشته بود تاریخ زیباییشناسی به کجا میرفت.
Aug 25, 2014 Boris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alex Lee
Nov 23, 2015 Alex Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant work, although it is somewhat mis-titled. Kant spends more time with teleology than with judgement, although the two are related. Here he clears the ground for teleological thinking as a whole. In a direct way, Kant is speaking of ideology through teleology as a point of caption for a logical system. He clearly separates this from the suprasensible point of caption and yet with the sublime Kant locates the Other as being the source of this teleological purpose. He closes the ...more
Sep 14, 2008 Elena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
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.
Jan 29, 2008 Iben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Egor Sofronov
Oct 30, 2014 Egor Sofronov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kant is like Mozart in elegant prose. This text motions, measuredly, to elate.
Mar 06, 2016 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not even beauty is safe from Kant’s demand for universal truth. Eye of the beholder be damned. In a consistent continuation of his first two critiques, Kant seeks an objective standard in artistic taste. He carefully draws distinctions between aesthetic judgments and focuses the first half of the Critique of Judgement on distinguishing the “beautiful and the sublime.” He defines them as:
The beautiful in nature is a question of the form of the object, and this consists in limitation, whereas the
Jan 31, 2014 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 20, 2013 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Apr 11, 2016 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kant is the Nostradamus of philosophy.

Many claim that Kant's works are filled with insights. Actually, Kant's works are nothing more than the products of a deranged mind. I have heard bums spew incomprehensible nonsense similar to the abstruse and ambiguous writings of Kant. Although "there is always some reason in madness," there is very little reason to be found in Kant's madness.

The professional and arm-chair "philosophers" who extol the brilliance of Kant are fools.
Jan 03, 2011 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Scott Langston
Whist I have to admit I had to read this for study, I'm phenomenally glad that I did. It's horribly impenetrable, though. Very, very hard work to get through, let alone digest. Do I understand Kant? No, not really. Can I talk about him and his ideas comfortably? Well, yes, kind of. Would I recommend this? Not as light reading, or for fun. If you want to understand Kant, there are far more accessible works by better writers explaining him!
Apr 10, 2013 Pavel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Read only some excerpts of the book for my class, and even that is laborious enough. I'm probably just not fine and critical enough to appreciate Kantian aesthetics. Will definitely re-read; there are some parts that I still don't fully understand.
May 10, 2016 Maite rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Kant's theories are the base for Romanticism and imply a drastic shift in literary theory, his style is hideous, and it makes it infinitely more difficult to read and comprehend.
Aug 05, 2012 Maryanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2014 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Requires girding the mental loins and getting the grey matter in gear. Worth it.
Mar 24, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Boi Kart
Feb 21, 2013 Boi Kart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 06, 2007 Aeisele rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
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.
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Immanuel Kant was an 18th-century philosopher from Königsberg, Prussia (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 own contributi ...more
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“Nature is beautiful because it looks like Art; and Art can only be called beautiful if we are conscious of it as Art while yet it looks like Nature.” 6 likes
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