This work is the result of a number of years teaching and reflection on Kant's Critique of Judgement. It was written during a period of leave of absence granted by the University of St Andrews. This period was spent in the Subfaculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. The resulting work is a somewhat revised and extended version of a thesis which was accepted for the degree of D.Phil.
Portions of Chapters 2 and 3 were originally presented as papers for Professor Strawson's Kant Seminar in Trinity Term 1984. My thanks are due, therefore, both to him and to the other participants for their critical comments. Most of Chapter 6 has appeared under the title 'The Aesthetic Domain: Locating the Sublime' in the British Journal of Aesthetics. It reappears here by kind permission of the editor.
Special thanks are owed to Patrick Gardiner for his stimulating supervision of my work, and to Professor Michael Podro and Alan Montefiore, who examined the thesis and whose useful comments have shaped the present text at many points. Over the years my thinking on general philosophical matters has benefited greatly from discussion with Professor Martin Kemp, Juliet Simpson, Peter Suchin, Anton Long, Dr Christina Lodder, Louise Durning, Dr Patrick Murray, Dr Terry Diffey, Professor Hugo Meynell, Professor R. F. Atkinson, and Professor Paul H. Hirst. Thanks are also due to Mrs Eileen Carvell for her exemplary endeavours in typing the manuscript.