Kant Judgements About the Beautiful

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Kant “Judgments About the Beautiful” from The Critique of Judgment 1790 [the first part is from the “Analytic of the Beautiful,” the second is from the “Analytic of the Sublime”] 1) Taste is the faculty of estimating an object or image by means of delight or aversion apart from any interest, the object being called beautiful. a) When we consider something beautiful we are not concerned with its real existence but with how it is when we merely contemplate it. b) I might say, in response to a question about a palace’s beauty, that I do not care for things that are just made for display. i) Or I might reply like an American Indian leader that the most pleasing thing in Paris was the restaurants [not the palaces]. ii) Or, like philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, I might say that palaces are the results of the vanity of powerful men who oppress the poor. iii) I might even say that I wouldn’t even bother to imagine a palace [say if a genie in a bottle allowed me to] if I had a good hut to live in. c) But the point is whether the mere representation or image of the object in my mind is to my liking. d) If it is tinged with interest [i.e. what helps me practically] it is not a pure judgment. 2) The beautiful pleases universally: and this is not based on analysis of a concept. a) Everyone agrees that judgments of the agreeable are based on private feeling and are restricted to the individual personally. i) Canary wine is agreeable, to me . ii) This also applies to what is agreeable to eye and ear. iii) For example, a violet color is soft to one and dull to another. Similarly wind and string instruments are preferred by different people. iv) It would be foolish to condemn another’s judgment in these matters. Here, everyone has his own taste. b) The beautiful is different. To say a building, dress, concert, or poem is beautiful for me would be ridiculous. i) To put a thing on a pedestal and call it beautiful is to demand the same delight in others. ii) [We may condemn another’s judgment as incorrect.] 3) Beauty is the form of finality [end or purpose] in an object, but without any [picture in my mind] of the purpose.
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a) That is just the form of purpose is there: it looks purposeful or as though designed for some purpose. 4)
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