Kritik der Urteilskraft (Critique of Judgement)

| November 15, 2011

Title: Kritik der Urteilskraft (Critique of Judgement)

Author: Kant, Immanuel

Publisher: Oxford World’s Classics, Oxford University Press, 2007

Ebook: You can read it here.

From the Publisher:

  • Kant’s Critique of Judgement is a massively influential contribution to modern philosophy. It treats of aesthetics, morality, religion and metaphysics and represents the summation of Kant’s projects of transcendental philosophy.
  • The text uses James Creed Meredith’s classic and elegant translation, lightly revised and updated to bring terminology into line with current academic usage, and is cross-paginated throughout to the original German texts.
  • The edition includes, in a new translation by Nicholas Walker, Kant’s important ‘First Introduction’, Kant’s original introduction that bears on the subject matter.
  • In addition to a general introduction to Kant’s philosophy and the Critique, the edition contains explanatory notes, a bilingual glossary of technical terms and full index of names and subject-matter.

‘beauty has purport and significance only for human beings, for beings at once animal and rational’

In the Critique of Judgement (1790) Kant offers a penetrating analysis of our experience of the beautiful and the sublime, discussing the objectivity of taste, aesthetic disinterestedness, the relation of art and nature, the role of imagination, genius and originality, the limits of representation and the connection between morality and the aesthetic. He also investigates the validity of our judgements concerning the apparent purposiveness of nature with respect to the highest interests of reason and enlightenment.

The work profoundly influenced the artists and writers of the classical and romantic period and the philosophy of Hegel and Schelling. It has remained a central point of reference from Schopenhauer and Nietzsche through to phenomenology, hermeneutics, the Frankfurt School, analytical aesthetics and contemporary critical theory.

J. C. Meredith’s classic translation has been revised in accordance with standard modern renderings and provided with a bilingual glossary. This edition also includes the important ‘First Introduction’ that Kant originally composed for the work.