By Dieter Henrich
A set of 4 essays on aesthetic, moral, and political matters through Dieter Henrich, the preeminent Kant student in Germany at the present time.
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Extra info for Aesthetic Judgment and the Moral Image of the World: Studies in Kant (Studies in Kant and German Idealism)
Kant believes he has arguments to the effect that no combination can be given to us through the senses. ed through a cognitive operation for which the potentials of our imagination are responsible. Because perception is the elementary conscious state in cognition, we are led to the conclusion that imagination is operative, at least in part, before consciousness can arise. Kant employs this theorem in many contexts, but primarily in his analysis of how the notion of an object has to be understood and of how a world of objects is constituted for us through the activities of our understanding.
The first Introduction, looking back to the analysis of taste, points out with equal clarity that the power of judgment holds up the imagination (as it merely apprehends the object) to the understanding (as it exhibits a concept in general) (AA XX,223). We are now in the position to illustrate Kant's metaphorical talk of the harmonious play in a way that sheds considerable light on the aesthetic experience. But first I will briefly discuss a possible objection and a difficulty that might have prevented interpreters from achieving an adequate reading of Kant's critique of taste.
Only a subtle philosophy can possibly accommodate the latter in depth without eliminating it at the same time-perhaps involuntarily and only by implication. That this is so can be explained to a considerable degree by the mutual dependences between self-interpretations of the First Person on the one hand, and images of the world on the other. , we cannot refrain from investigating these numerous connections, from relating them to one another, and from examining to what degree we are justified in accepting these perspectives as both irreducible and valid.
Aesthetic Judgment and the Moral Image of the World: Studies in Kant (Studies in Kant and German Idealism) by Dieter Henrich