Kant and the Harmony of the Faculties: A Non-Cognitive Interpretation

Apaar Kumar

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Abstract

Kant interpreters are divided on the question of whether determinate cognition plays a role in the harmony of the faculties in aesthetic judgement. I provide a 'non-cognitive' interpretation that allows Kant's statements regarding judgements of natural beauty to cohere such that determinate cognition need not be taken to perform any role in such judgements. I argue that, in aesthetic harmony, judgement privileges the free activity of the imagination over the cognizing function of the understanding for the purpose of unifying the object, although the free imagination cannot violate the obscure concepts and principles of ordinary common sense.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalKantian Review
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2018

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Immanuel Kant
Harmony
Cognition
Common Sense
Interpreter
Privilege
Aesthetics
Aesthetic Judgment
Natural Beauty

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Kumar, Apaar. / Kant and the Harmony of the Faculties : A Non-Cognitive Interpretation. In: Kantian Review. 2018 ; Vol. 23, No. 1. pp. 1-26.
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