The Normativity of Nature: Essays on Kants Critique of Judgement

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byHannah Ginsborg

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Why read Kant's Critique of Judgment? For most readers, the importance of the work lies in its contributions to aesthetics and, to a lesser extent, the philosophy of biology. Hannah Ginsborg, by contrast, sees the Critique of Judgment as a central contribution to the understanding of humancognition generally. The fourteen essays collected here advance a common interpretive project: that of bringing out the philosophical significance of the notion of judgment which figures in the third Critique and showing its importance both to Kant's own theoretical philosophy and to contemporaryviews of human thought and cognition. For us to possess the capacity of judgment, on the interpretation defended here, is for our natural perceptual and imaginative responses to involve a claim to their own normativity with respect to the objects which cause them. It is in virtue of this capacitythat we are able not merely to respond discriminatively to objects, as animals do, but to bring objects under concepts. The Critique of Judgment, on this reading, rejects the traditional dichotomy between the natural and the normative: our natural psychological responses to the spatio-temporal objects which affect our senses are both causally determined by those objects, and normatively appropriate to them. Theessays in this book aim collectively to develop and illuminate this understanding of judgment in its own right, and to use it to address specific interpretive issues in Kant's aesthetics, theory of knowledge, and philosophy of biology; they are also concerned to bring out the relevance of thisconception of judgment to contemporary debates regarding concept-acquisition, the content of perception, and skepticism about rules and meaning.

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Why read Kant's Critique of Judgment? For most readers, the importance of the work lies in its contributions to aesthetics and, to a lesser extent, the philosophy of biology. Hannah Ginsborg, by contrast, sees the Critique of Judgment as a central contribution to the understanding of humancognition generally. The fourteen essays collec...

Hannah Ginsborg was born in London and grew up in Edinburgh. She was an undergraduate at Wadham College Oxford, receiving a B.A. in Philosophy and Modern Languages in 1980, and did graduate work in philosophy at Harvard University, receiving her PhD in 1989. Since 1988 she has been teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. H...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pagesPublished:December 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionI. Aesthetics1. Kant on the Subjectivity of Taste2. On the Key to Kant's Critique of Taste3. Lawfulness without a Law: Kant on the Free Play of Imagination and Understanding4. Aesthetic Judging and the Intentionality of Pleasure5. The Pleasure of Judgment: Kant and the Possibility of TasteII. Cognition6. Reflective Judgment and Taste7. Thinking the Particular as Contained under the Universal8. Aesthetic Judgment and Perceptual Normativity9. The Appearance of Spontaneity: Kant on Judgment and Empirical Self-KnowledgeIII. Teleology10. Kant on Aesthetic and Biological Purposiveness11. Kant on Understanding Organisms as Natural Purposes12. Two Kinds of Mechanical Inexplicability in Kant and Aristotle13. Kant's Biological Teleology and its Philosophical Significance14. Oughts without Intentions: A Kantian Approach to Biological FunctionsBibliographyIndex