Judging Appearances

A Phenomenological Study of the Kantian sensus communis

  • Edward Eugene Kleist

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 156)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Edward Eugene Kleist
    Pages 1-14
  3. Edward Eugene Kleist
    Pages 15-47
  4. Edward Eugene Kleist
    Pages 48-96
  5. Edward Eugene Kleist
    Pages 135-143
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 144-164

About this book


Kant's Critique of Judgment accounts for the sharing of a common world, experienced affectively, by a diverse human plurality. In order to appreciate Kant's project, Judging Appearances retrieves the connection between appearance and judgment in the Critique of Judgment. Kleist emphasizes the important but neglected idea of a sensus communis, which provides the indeterminate criterion for judgments regarding appearance. Judging Appearances examines the themes of appearance and judgment against the background of Kant's debt to Leibniz and Shaftesbury. Drawing upon treatments by Husserl, Sartre, Ricoeur and Arendt, Kleist delineates the proto-phenomenological method through which Kant uncovers the idea of a sensus communis. Kleist shows that taste is a discipline of opening oneself to appearance, requiring a subject who dwells in a common world of appearances among a diverse human plurality. This volume will prove valuable for anyone interested in a fresh approach to themes at the heart of Kant's aesthetics.


Edmund Husserl Hannah Arendt Jean-Paul Sartre Kant Paul Ricoeur aesthetics

Authors and affiliations

  • Edward Eugene Kleist
    • 1
  1. 1.Loyola UniversityNew OrleansUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0258-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3931-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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