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Critique of the Power of Judgment (Works of Immanuel Kant in Translation)

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This entirely new translation of Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment follows the principles and high standards of all other volumes in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Immanuel Kant. This volume includes for the first time the first draft of Kant's introduction to the work; the only English edition notes to the many differences between the first (1790) and second ...more
Paperback, 476 pages
Published December 3rd 2001 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1790)
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The Sublimity of Measurement

My recent interest is in the aesthetics of measurement, that is, in the criteria we use to chose a scale, or metric, when we make measurements of any kind, scientific or as part of everyday life. This choice of metric is the most important factor in measurement since mistakes in choosing an inappropriate metric are far more significant than any subsequent errors in using a metric. Mistakes in the choice of metric are also far more difficult to detect because they invo
Erik Graff
Jul 13, 2008 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
Steven Felicelli
the book I most respect and least enjoyed reading
Nov 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Scott Langston
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
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!
kant'ın çoğu şeye bakışı elitist, hiyerarşik ve ideolojik fakat şu art for art's sake olayını pek güzel işliyor. sanatı bir şey öğretip öğretmediğine ya da yarattığı duygusal tatmine göre değil kendi sınırları içinde değerlendirmek çok ferahlatıcı bir şey, özellikle günlük hayatımızda bu kadar çok kitap, dizi, film, müzik tüketiyor ve onlara çoğunlukla yukarıdaki sebeplerden ötürü bağlanma hatasına düşüyorken.
Aug 31, 2015 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.
Alex Lee
Nov 03, 2015 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
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.
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Boi Kart
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immanuel Kant Done here a good job. This is a great book for me and also for law student or every people.

This is a great book to know about this matter. I really enjoy it, so I rate it 4 of 5. I think the discussion was interesting inside the book. Really easy to read, and i think this is a great book for book lovers.

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Amani Bryant
Aug 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Amani 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.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only read Part One — Critique of Aesthetic Judgement

حسن صنوبری
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفه
تشکر میکنم از کانت عزیز و دکتر رشیدیان بزرگوار
در مجموع خوب بود، هم تالیف هم ترجمه
فعلا به تشکر بسنده میکنم
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In Kritik der Reinen Vernunft (1781), Immanuel Kant set out to reconcile rationalism and empiricism in a grand system which we call Transcendental Idealism: there exist two worlds - the phenomenal and the noumenal - and we can only have true knowledge of the noumenal world; the phenomenal world is just an imperfect representation, as constituted by our mental categories, of the world as it is in itself. We should employ Pure Reason to gather synthetic knowledge a priori about the noumenal world. ...more
Jan 17, 2016 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
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well I must say it was good if you are into philosophy. In Critique of Judgement Kant explores in depth art and taste. The book is broken into two main parts - a critique of aesthetic judgement and a critique of teleological judgement. If you are into a heady undertaking of exhaustive thought on the subject then you won't be disappointed. Like Critique of Pure Reason Kant comes prepared to give aesthetics the same kind of workout he is famous for. Not surprising was they way he put the objective ...more
حازم جوهر
Nov 27, 2013 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
Jan 03, 2011 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
Mar 24, 2013 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
Aug 05, 2012 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
Mar 24, 2013 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
Apr 11, 2016 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.
Aug 25, 2014 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.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Jan 29, 2008 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.
Sep 14, 2008 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.
Irina Mladenovic
This contains some potentially radical ideas regarding the nature of subjectivity and beauty.I enjoy reeding.
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  • Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics
  • On the Aesthetic Education of Man
  • Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
  • Margins of Philosophy
  • Truth and Method
  • The World as Will and Representation, Vol 2
  • Aesthetic Theory
  • Theological-Political Treatise
  • Philosophical Essays
  • Principles of Human Knowledge & Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous
  • Totality and Infinity:  An Essay on Exteriority
  • Kant’s Critical Philosophy: The Doctrine of the Faculties
  • Untimely Meditations
  • The Archaeology of Knowledge & The Discourse on Language
  • Basic Writings: Ten Key Essays, plus the Introduction to Being and Time
  • The Complete Works: The Revised Oxford Translation, Vol. 1
  • Being and Event
  • The Life of the Mind
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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“In all judgements by which we describe anything as beautiful, we allow no one to be of another opinion.” 31 likes
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