Analytic of the Beautiful, from the Critique of Judgment: With Excerpts from Anthropology from a Pragmatic Viewpoint, Second Book

Analytic of the Beautiful, from the Critique of Judgment: With Excerpts from Anthropology from a Pragmatic Viewpoint, Second Book

Analytic of the Beautiful, from the Critique of Judgment: With Excerpts from Anthropology from a Pragmatic Viewpoint, Second Book

Analytic of the Beautiful, from the Critique of Judgment: With Excerpts from Anthropology from a Pragmatic Viewpoint, Second Book

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This introduction does not intend to be a contribution to the history of philosophy. It will not trace the development of Kant's thinking in and on esthetics from his Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime (1764) to the Analytic of the Beautiful and the Sublime from the Critique of Judgment (1790). Nor will it explain how the Analytic of the Beautiful and the Sublime became part of the Critique of Judgment, and how the Critique of Judgment became part of the critical philosophy. Nor does this introduction discuss Kant's debts to his predecessors, and his influence on his successors, in esthetics. All these historical aspects have been worked on by generations of scholars. I believe that further work in this area would be misplaced within the framework of the present edition.

In the comments forming Appendix II (p. 81), some Kantian concepts and arguments of the Analytic of the Beautiful are discussed, in the hope both of throwing some light where they appear to be difficult, and of showing some difficulty where they appear to be simple. In the footnotes, I have kept to such . . .

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