The Significance of Beauty

Kant on Feeling and the System of the Mind

  • Patricia M. Matthews

Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-ix
  2. Patricia M. Matthews
    Pages 1-18
  3. Patricia M. Matthews
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  4. Patricia M. Matthews
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  8. Patricia M. Matthews
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 187-243

About this book


In the Critique of Judgment, Kant argues that feeling is part of the system of the mind. Judgments of taste based on feeling are a unique kind of judgment, and the feeling that is their foundation forms an independent third power of the mind. Feeling has a special role within this system in that it also provides a transition between the other two powers of the mind, cognition and desire.
Matthews argues that feeling, our experience of beauty, provides a transition because it orients humans in a sensible world. Judgments of taste help overcome the difficulties that arise when rational cognitive and moral ends must be pursued in a sensible world. Matthews demonstrates how feeling, disassociated from rational activities in Kant's earlier works, is now central in reaching rational ends and understanding humans as unified rational beings.
Audience: This book would be of interest to research libraries and university libraries, philosophers, historians and aestheticians.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Patricia M. Matthews
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4921-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8967-3
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